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Nanook of the North (1922) Poster

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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.
The claim that Allariallak died of starvation in 1922, months after the film was completed, is inaccurate and distortion of reality that he likely succumbed to tuberculosis.
The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.
Rated #6 in 2002 by International Documentary Assn. on its list of Top 20 Documentaries of all time.
The film was sponsored by French fur company Revillon Freres which provided $50,000 for Flaherty's 16-month expedition halfway to the North Pole. Despite being rejected by five distributors, the film opened in New York City in 1922, after its success in Paris and Berlin, and grossed well over $40,000 in its first week.
Included among the '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die', edited by Steven Jay Schneider.

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