Nanook of the North + intro

BBFC RatingNanook of the North + intro

Showing: 19 October 2022

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Wed 19 Oct 2022

CertificateU
Year1922
GenreSilent
DirectorRobert Flaherty
CountryUSA
Running Time1HR 18MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Premiered exactly a century ago at New York's Capitol Theatre, Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North depicts the sublime landscapes of the Artic and the everyday struggles of its indigenous Inuit communities.

A phenomenal box-office success, it captivated a modern world in which the imaginative resources of cinema (and advertising) coincided with the exoticism of exploration (and colonisation). After spending two years involving himself and his filmmaking in the reality of Artic life in Canada's Hudson Bay region, Flaherty emerged with a film that has never ceased to fascinate, inspire, and provoke documentary filmmakers and audiences.

Screening in association with QUB Centre for Documentary Research, introduced by Prof. Paul Henley, author of Beyond Observation: A History of Authorship in Ethnographic Film (2020).