Nanook of the North

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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

  1. 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.
  2. Decipts an accurate representation of Eskimo life.
  3. Robert Flaherty, the film's director, was an explorer, and shot film and photographs for some of the expeditions he took.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Bad Qualities

  1. Attracted a lot of controversy during its time. Especially for staging some of the events, which are supposedly based on actual events.

The Film