Nanook of the North 1922
Modern audiences are inured to movies about arctic life (or any far-flung corner of the globe) but we have people like Flaherty to thank for it.

Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North follows a great Inuit hunter Nanook and his family (his two wives Cunayou and Nyla and his two children Alle and Allegoo), living the traditional life. We see him ice fish, hunt walrus, seal and fox, and build an igloo. The Eskimos are living almost as purely as they always were, hardly touched by the modern world and industrialization.

The film gave the westerner who, in all probability, never saw what life was like on the frozen tundra, a chance to observe the harsh primitive world and the Eskimos constant fight to survive in such a fierce environment. It helped that Nanook was such a pleasant guide, someone the camera took an instant liking to, especially in the film’s most hilarious scene wherein the good-natured leathery faced Nanook heartily laughs as he listens in amazement to sounds coming out of a record player.

In 1989, Nanook of the North was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty
Cast: Allakariallak, Alice Nevalinga, Cunayou
Country: USA, France
Genre: Documentary

DVD5 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:18:20 | 4.33 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English Intertitles
Subtitles: none

• Excerpts from TV Documentary "Flaherty and Film" (8:13)
• Stills Gallery of Flaherty's Arctic Photos

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