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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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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:

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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. See more »

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Robert Flaherty, Director: At last, in 1920, I thought I had shot enough scenes to make the film, and prepared to go home. Poor old Nanook hung around my cabin, talking over films we still could make if I would only stay on for another year. He never understood why I should have gone to all the fuss and bother of making the "big aggie" of him. Less than two years later I received word that Nanook had ventured into the interior hoping for deer and had starved to death. But our "big aggie" become "Nanook of the North" has ...
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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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Human existence in it's purest form
17 February 2008 | by MoviespotSee all my reviews

This is one of the highlights in touching cinema IMO. Flaherty showed the world a harsh environment in a time when Cinema , radio and other ways of spreading the news was hardly available. he shows us a pure way of living , just touching the modern wonders of industrial civilization.Nannook , and his happy-go-lucky family manage barely to stay alive in their harsh conditions.still enjoying all things human.they laugh when having fun , they depend on each other , they make the best of live... Unbelievable how they can survive in an environment , without wood , metal , wool or whatever. they totally depend on animal harvest. in the DVD i saw there was a part in which Flaherty's wife explained the impact this film had in the 20-ies when it hit the world cinema's.... she also tells us that in the end Nannok did not survive nature....he died of hunger some time after the film was released , and when news of his death reached civilization , from Tokyo the Paris , people where grieving the death of this 'fellow-human being that so warmly touched the hearts of men.


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