Nanook of the North

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Overview

Robert Flaherty's landmark documentary Nanook of the North comes to DVD with a standard full-frame 1.33:1 image (as it should be for any film produced before 1955). The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this disc. Supplemental materials include portions of a television documentary titled "Flaherty on Film" and a photo gallery of still pictures taken by the director while he was working in the Arctic. Considering the stature this film holds ...
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Overview

Robert Flaherty's landmark documentary Nanook of the North comes to DVD with a standard full-frame 1.33:1 image (as it should be for any film produced before 1955). The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this disc. Supplemental materials include portions of a television documentary titled "Flaherty on Film" and a photo gallery of still pictures taken by the director while he was working in the Arctic. Considering the stature this film holds in the film canon, one could always wish for more information, but this package is thorough, well-rounded, and should both educate and please new generations of documentary filmmakers.
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Special 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
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Before Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North, filmmakers who had recorded the daily lives of people, starting with the Lumiere Brothers and their famed glimpses of workers leaving their factory, had been casual observers. Flaherty instinctively understood that film audiences loved a good story, and he set out to marry the conventions of narrative cinema with the reality of commonplace life. By choosing a setting of extreme conditions -- the death of Nanook shortly after the film's release only underscored the treacherous conditions of his life -- Flaherty started out with an inherently dramatic foundation. He built on that by asking his subjects, whose cooperation he wooed by screening footage of their work together, to stage scenes for him. The igloo which Nanook, his family, and friends built for Flaherty was larger than normal and contained only three sides, to allow the filmmaker's cameras access to the interior. Critics have charged that this technique compromised the film's authenticity, but, as in all of his major features (Moana, Man of Aran, Louisiana Story), Flaherty was more interested in the general rather than the specific. The truth of these films lies in their faithful rendering of man's relationship to the natural world, and in that regard, Flaherty had no peer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/1999
  • UPC: 715515009829
  • Original Release: 1922
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Black & White / Stereo / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:19:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 284

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Berry Kroeger spoken by
Technical Credits
Robert Flaherty Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Screenwriter
Stanley Silverman Score Composer
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Scene Index

Chapters
0. Chapters
0. Menu Group #2 with 13 chapter(s) covering 01:18:20
1. Logos/Introductory titles. [2:25]
2. Barren Land. [1:56]
3. The family kayak. [4:53]
4. The "big igloo." [6:07]
5. Finishing on the thin edge of starvation. [6:06]
6. The Tiger of the North. [7:41]
7. Two miles a day. [7:17]
8. Building the igloo. [8:51]
9. Home schooling. [3:48]
10. "Morning." [7:42]
11. Ogjuk, the big seal. [10:57]
12. Shelter from the storm. [10:14]
13. Restoration Credits. [:19]
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Menu

Main
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Flaherty and Film
Still Photo Gallery
Color bars
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The "First Documentary" ever!

    Despite that reputation the truth is, it is neither the first, nor a real documentary. The action is sometimes staged, such as the scene when the Inuits hide their rifles off camera and fight a huge walrus with spears and ropes instead. This doesn't take away from the educational value of this "documentary" though. After all, who would better reproduce ancient Inuit hunting techniques than someone as intelligent, brave and charismatic as the film's star, Nanook?
    Anyone interested in travel, adventure, indigenous cultures, hunting or film history would find this DVD extremely interesting.

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