Nanook of the North

Dir. Robert Flaherty (1923). Pioneer documentarist Flaherty's moving study of Inuit life and culture made an impressive impact when first released, at a time when little had been done to reveal the far corners of the earth on film. Although its continuity is rough, and some of it is clearly staged, the film was made with a painterly eye and is shot through with memorable sequences. Its success marked the basic beginning of the feature documentary in America.
Fri., Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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