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  Nanook of the North - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nanook of the North is a silent documentary film by Robert J. Flaherty, released in 1922.
In the tradition of what would emerge as salvage ethnography, Flaherty captured the struggles of the Inuit Nanook and his family in the Canadian arctic.
"Nanook" was in fact named Allakariallak, for instance, while the "wife" shown in the film was not really his wife, but was actually one of Flaherty's eskimo wives.
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 Silent Film Sources Review
Flaherty was an explorer, a prospector and a surveyor when he made Nanook in 1920 at the age of thirty-six.
Nanook is composed of vignettes from the lives of a band of Itivimuit people, Nanook, his family and followers.
We are introduced to Nanook and family as they humorously pull each other, one by one, from of the interior of a kayak.
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"Nanook of the North" proved to be a substantial box-office success, and was hailed by critics and the public (Fig.
Within the decade "Nanook" was a phenomenon across the globe, with screenings in France, England, Germany, Nanook eventually passed into the field of pop culture and ice cream bars.
In writing of "Nanook of the North", John Grierson designated Flaherty as the creator of documentary methodology, taking him as the example of the narrator who "must master [his] material on the spot, and come in intimacy to ordering it.
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 Kino Film: Nanook Of The North
As fascinating and suspenseful as any fictional movie adventure, Nanook of the North remains, 80 years after its premiere, a landmark film both in the history of the documentary movement and of the cinema itself.
Nanook himself actually died of starvation only two years after shooting was completed, a fact that only strengthens the film's extraordinary impact.
With Nanook of the North, Robert Flaherty found the natural drama of real life, inspired by the presence of the camera, that documentarians have sought ever since.
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 Nanook of the North (1922)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
When Nanook and his family are going to bed, the music is so intense it seams like the family should be fighting a bear, rather than nodding off for the night.
Nanook himself, for the most part, seemed to indicate what was going to be happening every step of the way (before it actually happened).
And when Nanook and his comrades struggle with the seal (for 20 minutes in reality), the audience is left biting their nails.
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 Opus // Music // Nanook Of The North - The Täby Tapes
In 1922, Robert Flaherty directed a documentary titled Nanook Of The North, a "documentary" (all of the scenes were staged) that followed an Eskimo hunter named Nanook as he sought to provide for and sustain his family in the harsh Arctic clime.
Here, Nanook and Co. are gathered at a friend's grave, talking to her ghost and urging her to rejoin the world of the living with lines like "You could have played in our band/We could have spread revolution through this land".
Nanook takes the cynical side, proclaiming "Forget it Jenny, love is just a privilege for the rich you see/'Cause love requires time and time is money", with Malin (Jenny) responding "No! Love is universal to humanity/It gets to you no matter of economy/Wherever there is life there's opportunity".
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 Nanook of the North   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Nanook of the North includes a number of film techniques, which are considered normal techniques in filmmaking today.
Nanook of the North is a film that is ageless as relates to content, construction and meaning.
Nanook is the ultimate hero on many levels, while the cold cruel environment is both the villain and the loser.
www.aucegypt.edu /academic/anth/anth341/nanook_of_the_north.htm   (2918 words)

 Nanook of the North - Criterion Collection
With the help of Nanook and his friends and family, Flaherty undertook the mission of re-creatingan Eskimo culture that no longer existed in a series of staged scenes.
Nanook ice fishes, harpoons a walrus, catches a seal, traps, builds an igloo, and trades pelts at a trading post, all captured by Flaherty's inquisitive camera.
Though he presents a "happy" culture bordering on primitive innocence (Nanook and his family were in reality quite westernized), his loving portrait is anything but condescending.
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 Nanook of the North   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Nanook goes hunting for fish: amid the ice floes he spears the fish and returns in his kyak, giving another man a lift on the way.
Nanook catches a seal with the aid of his family and the carcass is carved up and eaten.
There are two approaches to understanding Nanook of the North, through the beliefs of the man who made it or through a close reading of aspects of the film itself.
www.hatii.arts.gla.ac.uk /MultimediaStudentProjects/98-99/9500048s/project/html/Nanook.htm   (370 words)

 Nanook of the North   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
I found Nanook of the North to be a successful piece of documentary filmmaking for several reasons.
As the aim of a documentary piece is to record scenes from “real” life, Nanook qualifies as such, with a further bent toward educating the audience.
Still, Nanook’s interaction with the Western world via the trading post—no matter his child-like ignorance of technology— proves necessary in this piece not only because the trading post is an actual component in the family’s everyday existence, but also because Flaherty’s audience is Western, and thereby effects a laudable attention to rhetoric.
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 Phil Konstantin's Reviews of "Nanook of the North."
Nanook of the North was made in 1920 (yes, it is over 80 years old) by Robert Flaherty.
Nanook of the North is the reult of this effort.
Nanook and his family fish on the ice floes, hunt for walrus and seals.
www.americanindian.net /reviewsnanook.html   (646 words)

 Ottawa XPress - Film - Movie details - Nanook of the North
Nanook of the North was widely shown and praised as the first full-length, anthropological documentary in cinematographic history.
If you get a chance to watch "Nanook of the North" I recommended you do because this is a classic documentary film but it's really tough to get a hold of the DVD or the VHS film but school's still have copies of this film.
Nanook of the North follows a Inuit man and his family as they hunt and gather their own food and clothing.
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 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Nanook of the North at Epinions.com
"Nanook of the North" was not a documentary in the purist sense.
Nanook is the husband, father, leader and provider, but he works closely with the other Eskimos.
Nanook himself would soon afterwards die of starvation, while on a deer hunt in 1924.
www.epinions.com /mvie-review-69B0-E504A2D-382F598D-bd4   (467 words)

 Nanook of the North (1922) 80 min
As fascinating and suspenseful as any fictional movie adventure, Nanook of the North remains, more than 75 years after its premier, a landmark film both in the history of the documentary movement and of the cinema itself.
The result is a documentary arresting in its immediacy, full of the stark action of desperate hunts for food, and warmed by the inspiring efforts of a family who must fight together for survival.
Though the director would continue to make “reality films” sensitively revealing far-away lands and peoples, Nanook of the North is still regarded as Flaherty’s masterpiece.
www.uh.edu /~jcrowder/visual_anthro/Film_blurbs/Nanook_North_blurb.htm   (255 words)

 How I Filmed Nanook of the North
From Nanook, I first heard of the "Walrus Island" which is a small island far out at sea and inaccessible to the Eskimo during the open water season since it is far out enough so as not to be seen from land.
Finally Nanook worked the quarry toward the surf where he was pounded by the heavy seas and unable to get a purchase in the water.
Nanook and his companions' diet was seal and walrus augmented by tea and sugar from my supply and, most important of all, tobacco, that most valued of the white man's treasure.
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 Kirsten's response to Nanook of the North   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
I could not help but be captivated by the extreme scenery in Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North (1922).
Nanook is often shown laughing in the film, however, before we become too relaxed in this “reality” we are quickly thrown into the family’s severe need for food.
However, regardless of whether many aspects of this film were staged, the authenticity of their near starvation was, unfortunately, legitimized by Nanook’s death two-years later.
faculty.rmwc.edu /jhoban/250_Nanook/0000000b.htm   (332 words)

 Nanook Of The North   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
CBC pickets are variously accosted by passersby, disgusted by lunch-smeared signs, and entertained by Nanook of the North.
The women are thinking Doctor Zhivago, Nanook of the North and fox-fur hats.
The Titan: Story of Michelangelo, a 1950 assemblage of a decade of footage, edited by the great Robert Flaherty, whose Nanook of the North (1922) was a March...
www.wikiverse.org /nanook-of-the-north   (490 words)

 The Criterion Collection: Nanook of the North
Nanook of the North was not initially intended as a documentary, a genre which had not even been defined at the time of the film’s production.
As Flaherty’s widow Frances affirms in the interview featured on this disc, the film was made with an eye for commercial distribution and exhibition, and for audiences accustomed to narrative fiction films.
He is not the star of his film, and though his effaced presence causes a few unsightly wrinkles (contrivances—like Nanook’s biting of the phonograph record—are presented as actual and natural), for the most part it means that the credit for the film’s feats of courage and grace goes precisely where it belongs: to the Inuit.
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 Amazon.ca: DVD: Nanook of the North (Full Screen)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Nanook of the North is a true landmark in the history of documentaries.
Nanook is really an homage to human perseverance and survival under the harshest conditions.
The result of his rigorous study was groundbreaking; with Nanook of the North, Flaherty pioneered both a new cinematic genre, the narrative documentary, and created a timeless drama of human perseverance under the harshest of...
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/6305257442   (918 words)

 Nanook of the North   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
However often would encourage Nanook to hunt in the of his ancestors (without the use of gun) in order to capture what was to be the way the Inuit lived European influence.
Nonetheless nearly everything in the film staged including the ending where Nanook and family are supposedly in peril of dying they can't find shelter quickly enough (they already built a special igloo for Flaherty's with one side of it cut away allow more light in so that it pick up an image).
Nanook starved to death while on a expedition two years after the film was
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 Nanook of the North Movie Review at Hollywood Video   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Arctic hunter is not a career many would choose, but Nanook and his family go about their days with a serene acceptance of their lot in life, and Flaherty's camera records some remarkable moments.
A segment where Nanook catches a seal through a small hole in the ice where the animal comes up for air is simply riveting, and reflects the fortitude and creativity of Eskimo culture.
First and foremost is that the family members in the film were not actually related to each other; they were chosen for their camera-pleasing visages.
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 Amazon.co.uk: Video: Nanook Of The North [1922]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
A portrayal of Nanook an Inuit Eskimo who, along with his family, faces a daily battle for survival in the frozen wastes of northern Canada.
"Nanook of the North" was the first film ever to be described as a "documentary" and often appears on lists of the world's greatest films.
The skill which Nanook applies in sledging over drifted piles of snow, building an igloo or spearing fish through a hole in the ice is in no way comparable to the skill of an actor, stuntman or special effects artist.
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Robert Flaherty's ("Man of Aran"/"Louisiana Story") Nanook of the North is considered to be the first documentary ever made and is a truly joyous film experience.
It helped that Nanook was such a pleasant guide, someone the camera took an instant liking to, especially in the film's most hilarious scene wherein the good-natured leathery faced Nanook heartily laughs as he listens in amazement to sounds coming out of a record player.
Ironically, Nanook starved to death while on a deer hunt shortly after the film's release in 1924, a victim of the forces of nature that he had so masterfully conquered on film.
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 SurfWax: News, Reviews and Articles On Nanook of the North
Robert Flaherty, perhaps the most famous of early "documentarians," ran Nanook of the North through the kind of dramatic re-creations that might have today's cinema verite faithful storming the projection booth with pitchforks and torches.
And yes, there is a special presentation on Sept. 16 of Robert Flaherty's 1922 documentary Nanook Of The North, about the Inuit of Canada, with a new musical score by Montreal composer Gabriel Thibaudeau, a live orchestra, and throat singers.
With 232 titles ranging from the 1922 "Nanook of the North" to "The Royal Tenenbaums," released in 2001, Criterion is considered the quintessence of film snobbery and the apex of DVD expertise.
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 Nanook of the North Movie: Nanook of the North DVD is available from Bestprices.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Focusing on Inuit hunter Nanook and his family, the film presents real, vivid demonstrations of hunting, building shelter and other aspects of surviving in cold, harsh conditions.
NANOOK OF THE NORTH was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989.
This classic film by Robert Flaherty, shot in 1922, documents one year in the life of Nanook, an Inuit hunter and his family as they struggle to survive in the harsh conditions of Canada's Hudson Bay region.
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 "Nanook of the North" Review
Nanook of the North is widely recognized as the first full-length documentary in film history.
The movie follows the exploits of an Eskimo named Nanook and the trials and tribulations he goes through with his family to live in the frigid Arctic.
Nanook and his family come across as such genuine, happy people that it almost seems like it couldn't be possible.
www.cannedpeople.com /html/nanook.html   (284 words)

 The Magic of the Movies--Nanook of the North   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
In Nanook of the North, viewers are asked to separate some independent reality of Nanook from the stifling bounds of Flaherty’s interpretation, imposed by his chosen camera angles, his posing of important passages, and post-production editing and title-card puffery.
Indeed, examples such as the reference to "happy-go-lucky Eskimos," Flaherty’s ignoring Nanook’s other wife, staged walrus and seal hunts, and the absolutely abominable, from today’s standpoint, encounter with the gramophone, almost tempt the contemporary viewer to throw up his hands in frustration at ever finding a "documentary truth" in Nanook.
It’s self-evident: the only things we know are true about Nanook on a factual level come from research and journalism on the subject which exist separate from the film and the way it works emotionally.
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 ToxicUniverse.com - Robert J. Flaherty - 1922 - Nanook of the North Movies Review
This idea evolved into the 1922 classic Nanook of the North, which continues to stand up well and is now definitively preserved for home viewing with the Criterion Collection treatment.
Although some of the action is obviously staged, the early background narration informing us that Nanook would starve to death a year later when hunting inland for deer, adds to the urgency of their daily habits.
Nanook is a true master, and one of the more fascinating sequences shows the great fisherman navigate the treacherous ice flows, find a suitable fishing spot, dangle an ivory lure, use his three pronged spear to retrieve salmon, and bite the fish heads to kill them.
www.toxicuniverse.com /review.php?rid=10003650   (840 words)

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