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Nanook of the North ()


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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, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.

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Allakariallak ...
Nanook (as Nanook)
Alice Nevalinga ...
Nanook's Wife - the Smiling One (as Nyla)
Cunayou ...
Cunayou -Nanook's Daughter
Allegoo ...
Allegoo - Nanook's Son
Camock ...
Camock - Nanook's Cat
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Narrator (1939 re-release) (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert J. Flaherty

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Frances H. Flaherty ... (idea) (uncredited)
 
Robert J. Flaherty ... () (uncredited)

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Robert J. Flaherty ... producer
Thierry Mallett ... executive producer (uncredited)
John Révillon ... executive producer (uncredited)

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Rudolf Schramm ... (1947)
Stanley Silverman ... (1976)

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Robert J. Flaherty ... (uncredited)

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Herbert Edwards
Robert J. Flaherty ... (uncredited)
Charles Gelb ... (uncredited)

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Blachley ... sound

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Miriam Arsham ... music editor
Richard Fitz ... assisting artist: percussion
Ida Kafavian ... violin
Buell Neidlinger ... assisting artist: double bass
Daniel Moses Schreier ... assistant: Mr. Silverman's
Peter Serkin ... piano
Fred Sherry ... musician: cello
Richard Stoltzman ... clarinet
Tashi ... played by

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Willard Van Dyke ... supervisor: International Film Seminars
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A story of life and love in the actual Arctic. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Nanouk l'Esquimau (France)
  • Nanuk, der Eskimo (Germany)
  • Nanuk, el esquimal (Spain)
  • Nanuk l'eschimese (Italy)
  • Nanook, köldens son (Sweden)
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  • 78 min
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Budget $53,000 (estimated)

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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Dreamland: A History of Early Canadian Movies 1895-1939 (1974). See more »
Crazy Credits A story of life and love in the actual arctic. See more »
Quotes Title Card: The shrill piping of the wind, the rasp and hiss of driving snow, the mournful wolf howls of Nanook's master dog typify the melancholy spirit of the North.
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