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«Nanook of the North» From 1922 to Today

The Famous Arctic Documentary and Its Afterlife

Roswitha Skare

Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North is one of the best-known documentaries of the silent era and has remained well-known throughout the world ever since its release in 1922. This study takes as its point of departure the changes Nanook underwent from its premiere at the New York Capitol on June 11, 1922, to the sound version of 1947, the film’s restoration in the 1970s, and later editions on different platforms. Accordingly, the book focuses on the different versions and editions of the film and the significant ways in which the different elements surrounding the film influence our perception.

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image: Photos courtesy of The Flaherty, New York. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Skare, Roswitha, author. Title: Nanook of the North from 1922 to today : the famous Arctic documentary and its afterlife / Roswitha Skare. Description: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, 2016. | Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2016008868 | ISBN 9783631674772 Subjects: LCSH: Nanook of the North (Motion picture) | Documentary films—United States—History and criticism. | Eskimos in motion pictures. | Motion picture locations—Arctic regions. Classification: LCC PN1997.N327 S56 2016 | DDC 070.1/8—dc23 LC record availa- ble at http://lccn.loc.gov/2016008868 ISBN 978-3-631-67477-2 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-06842-9 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-06842-9 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2016 All rights reserved. PL Academic Research is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main ∙ Bern ∙ Bruxelles ∙ New York ∙ Oxford ∙ Warszawa ∙ Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. This publication has been peer reviewed. www.peterlang.com

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