Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Nanook of the North -- May 25, 2022

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In 1922, Robert Flaherty released Nanook of the North, a film that he produced, wrote and directed. The film would be considered a docudrama today because many of the scenes were staged or reenacted. Aside from wartime propaganda films, it may have been the first feature-length documentary.

The movie featured the Inuit Allakariallak, nicknamed Nanook, and his wives, Nyla and Cunayou. The family wore European clothes and Allakariallak hunted with a rifle, but for the movie they made and wore traditional clothing and Allakariallak hunted with traditional weapons. The movie became popular. People today argue with the way the Inuit are depicted.

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