Nanook of the North

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Nanook of the North is regarded as the first significant nonfiction feature, made in the days before the term "documentary" had even been coined. Filmmaker Robert Flaherty had lived among the Eskimos in Canada for many years as a prospector and explorer, and he had shot some footage of them on an informal basis before he decided to make a more formal record of their daily lives. Financing was provided by Revillion Freres, a French fur company with an outpost on the shores of Hudson Bay. Filming took place between August 1920, and August 1921, mostly on the Ungava Peninsula of Hudson Bay. Flaherty employed two recently developed Akeley gyroscope cameras which required minimum lubrication; this allowed him to tilt and pan for certain shots even in cold weather. He also set up equipment to develop and print his footage on location and show it in a makeshift theater to his subjects. Rather than simply record events as they happened, Flaherty staged scenes -- fishing, hunting, building an igloo -- to carry along his narrative. The film's tremendous success confirmed Flaherty's status as a first-rate storyteller and keen observer of man's fragile relationship with the harshest environmental conditions. (In a sadly appropriate footnote, Nanook, the subject of the film, died of starvation not long after the film's release.) ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

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Release Date
3/22/16 
Studio
Team Marketing
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
1 hour, 19 minutes
Sound
  • PCM Stereo
  • 5 full-range channels. Includes 3 for the front speakers, 2 surround channels for rear speakers, & 1 low-frequency effects (LFE) channel to carry deep bass effects
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • New digiral transfer, remastered at the visually correct speed by preservationist David Shepard
  • New orchestral score by silent film music specialist Timothy Brock
  • Excerpts from the television documentary Flaherty and Film, featuring interviews with the filmmaker's vidow and Nanook co-editor Francis Flaherty
  • Stills gallery fo Flaherty's photographs of life in the artic
Number of Discs
1

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