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11 June 1922 (USA) See more »
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A story of life and love in the actual Arctic. See more »
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In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Warmth, despite the Arctic surroundings See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Allakariallak ... Nanook (as Nanook)
Nyla ... Nanook's Wife - the Smiling One
Cunayou ... Cunayou -Nanook's Daughter
Allegoo ... Allegoo - Nanook's Son
Camock ... Camock - Nanook's Cat
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Berry Kroeger ... Narrator (1939 re-release) (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert J. Flaherty 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frances H. Flaherty  idea (uncredited)
Robert J. Flaherty  uncredited

Produced by
Robert J. Flaherty .... producer
John Révillon .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Rudolf Schramm (1947)
Stanley Silverman (1976)
 
Cinematography by
Robert J. Flaherty (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Herbert Edwards (1947 version)
Robert J. Flaherty (uncredited)
Charles Gelb (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Blachley .... sound (1976 version)
 
Music Department
Miriam Arsham .... music editor (1976 version)
Richard Fitz .... assisting artist: percussion (1976 version)
Ida Kafavian .... violin (1976 version)
Buell Neidlinger .... assisting artist: double bass (1976 version)
Daniel Moses Schreier .... assistant: Mr. Silverman's (1976 version)
Peter Serkin .... piano (1976 version)
Fred Sherry .... musician: cello (1976 version)
Richard Stoltzman .... clarinet (1976 version)
Tashi .... played by (1976 version)
 
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Willard Van Dyke .... supervisor: International Film Seminars (1976 version)
 
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78 min | 65 min (TCM print)
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Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Québec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Germany:6 | Portugal:M/6 (DVD rating) | Portugal:17 (original rating) | Spain:T | UK:U (re-release) (1947) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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The claim that Allakariallak died of starvation in 1922, months after the film was completed, is untrue; he did not starve but likely succumbed to tuberculosis.See more »

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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Warmth, despite the Arctic surroundings, 21 September 1999
Author: Varlaam from Toronto, Canada

Apparently, Flaherty's working method was to shoot a lot of footage, then piece together a scenario back in the cutting room. That clearly has to be an oversimplification. Regardless, he did a remarkable job of showing the daily drama in the lives of these people -- ordinary within their own society, and impervious to cold by the standards of ours -- and treating them with great warmth and humour.

Nanook is really quite a dashing and self-effacing hero.

Flaherty subsequently had trouble finding backing, and in any collaboration with another director, his influence is said to be the lesser of the two. Did he ever recapture quite this quality of mood? Perhaps he came closest with the delightful Sabu, in "Elephant Boy" (1937), collaborating with Zoltan Korda on that occasion.

Some people believe he did in "Man of Aran" (1934). At the moment, I remain unconvinced, although I have not had the opportunity to see that one projected on a proper screen.

If "Nanook" does not come to life for you at home, it will in a theatrical setting.

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