Nanook of the North
Nanook of the North (also known as Nanook of the North: A Story Of Life and Love In the Actual Arctic) is a 1922 American silent documentary film by Robert J. Flaherty, with elements of docudrama, at a time when the concept of separating films into documentary and drama did not yet exist.
Why It Rocks
- The film made its mark as the first full-length documentary, and among the first non-fiction works ever made, and was immediately ground-breaking for its time. The film inspired many documentaries following this one.
- Decipts an accurate representation of Eskimo life.
- Robert Flaherty, the film's director, was an explorer, and shot film and photographs for some of the expeditions he took.
- Despite being a documentary, the film still has several action scenes, with most of them demonstrating Nanook’s prowess securing food including fishing, and hunting walrus, fox, and seal.
- Even though Nanook and the other Inuk are trying to find ways to survive, they're still very brave and generous when the time calls for it.
- Attracted a lot of controversy during its time. Especially for staging some of the events, which are supposedly based on actual events.