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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, Inuit living in the Arctic Circle. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Terrific looking film, especially for 1922 See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Allakariallak ... Nanook (as Nanook)
Nyla ... Herself - Nanook's Wife - the Smiling One
Allee ... Himself - Nanook's Son
Cunayou ... Herself - Nanook's Wife
Allegoo ... Himself - Nanook's Son
Camock ... Himself - 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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79 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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There are claims that all of the scenes are staged. Amongst these, is the claim that the woman who plays Nanook's wife was not his actual wife.See more »
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31 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Terrific looking film, especially for 1922, 2 January 2003
Author: mmmuconn from somewhere in time

Robert J. Flaherty's `Nanook Of The North' may be the first film about man's relationship with nature. Flaherty helps establish man's successful adaptation to his environment by filming extraordinary hunting and fishing scenes consisting largely of medium shots. The few close-ups of the Inuit generally portray the successful hunters smiling as they eat their kill. Flaherty contrasts these moments with sequences communicating the Inuit's struggles with the natural world. Here, he uses long shots: Nanook and his family become tiny black specks barely visible in the large, white frame. In the foreground the viewer sees bitter gusts of wind ruling over the desolate landscape. Flaherty's technique is simple but very effective. Not only does he depict man as a mere part of his environment, but he emphasizes how powerless man may feel amid the cold indifference of nature. At the same time, the hunting and feast sequences establish Nanook as a smart, tough survivor, a surprising victor over nature's harsh elements. In this way, Flaherty makes Nanook into a heroic figure.

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