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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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Complete credited cast:
Allakariallak ...
Nanook (as Nanook)
Nyla ...
Cunayou ...
Cunayou -Nanook's Daughter
Allegoo ...
Allegoo - Nanook's Son
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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A story of life and love in the actual Arctic. See more »

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Nanuk der Eskimo  »

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$53,000 (estimated)
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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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Human existence in it's purest form
17 February 2008 | by See 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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