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Robert J. Flaherty (1884–1951)

Robert J. Flaherty was born on February 16, 1884 in Iron Mountain, Michigan, USA as Robert Joseph Flaherty. He was a director and writer, known for Nanook of the North (1922), Man of Aran (1934) and Louisiana Story (1948). He was married to Frances H. Flaherty. He died on July 23, 1951 in Brattleboro, Vermont, USA. See full bio »

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 1950 The Titan: Story of Michelangelo (Documentary)
 1948 Louisiana Story (as Robert Flaherty)
 1942 The Land (Documentary)
 1937 Elephant Boy (as Robert Flaherty)
 1935 Oidhche Sheanchais (Short)
 1934 Man of Aran (Documentary)
 1933 Art of the English Craftsman (Documentary short)
 1933 The English Potter (Documentary short)
 1933 The Glassmakers of England (Documentary short)
 1931 Industrial Britain (Documentary short) (uncredited)
 1928 White Shadows in the South Seas (early shooting, uncredited)
 1927 Twenty-Four-Dollar Island (Documentary short)
 1926 Moana (Documentary)
 1925 The Potterymaker (Documentary short)
 1922 Nanook of the North (Documentary)
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Other Works:

Novel: "The Captain's Chair" (filmed as The Last Voyage of Captain Grant (1938))

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 6 Print Biographies | 8 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

R.J. Flaherty | Robert Flaherty | Flaherty

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A film is the longest distance between two points.


Reportedly, in shooting Moana (1926), he was the first director/cinematographer to use panchromatic film stock, rather than the standard orthochromatic stock, in a full-length feature film. See more »

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