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Nanook of the North (1922)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 11 June 1922 (USA)
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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Allakariallak Allakariallak ... Nanook (as Nanook)
Alice Nevalinga Alice Nevalinga ... Nanook's Wife - the Smiling One (as Nyla)
Cunayou Cunayou ... Cunayou -Nanook's Daughter
Allegoo Allegoo ... Allegoo - Nanook's Son
Camock Camock ... Camock - Nanook's Cat
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Documents one year in the life of Nanook, an Eskimo (Inuit), and his family. Describes the trading, hunting, fishing and migrations of a group barely touched by industrial technology. Nanook of the North was widely shown and praised as the first full-length, anthropological documentary in cinematographic history. Written by <xaviermartin@hotmail.com>

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inuit | kayak | igloo | canada | harpoon | See All (32) »

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A story of life and love in the actual Arctic. See more »

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France

Release Date:

11 June 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nanuk der Eskimo See more »

Filming Locations:

Hudson Bay, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$53,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #33. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: The most desired of all meat is that of seal. It affords the maximum of warmth and sustenance. The "blubber-eating Eskimo" is a misconception. Blubber they use as we use butter.
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A story of life and love in the actual arctic. See more »

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Remastered with image enhancement, speed correction and a new score in 1998 See more »

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A delight
12 November 2009 | by diedonnerSee all my reviews

Nanook of the North was a delight to watch from start to finish. What is captured on film is a priceless glimpse into an Eskimo family's life from the early days of film-making. Some people consider the film to be pejorative; particularly in the portrayal of Nanook as simple-minded enough to think little people live inside a phonograph speaker; or in the next frame where he is portrayed confusing a phonograph record with something to eat. I was not offended by this; conversely, considering when the film was made these scenes were endearing to me. Ultimately, what I like best about this film are the close-ups of Nanook and his family, particularly his children. The emotions expressed on their faces when they are happy and playful or sad and afraid reveal the universal link we all share as humans. It is a link that transcends the vast spaces of both cultural distance and time. The film is a masterpiece!


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