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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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1 “The Leader of Nanook’s Team”, full-page advertisements of Nanook of the North in Moving Picture World (June 10, 1922) 2 “Mrs. Nanook and the Snow Baby”, full-page advertisements of Na- nook of the North in Moving Picture World (June 10, 1922) 3 “The Start of the Battle with the Fighting Bull Walrus”, full-page advertisements of Nanook of the North in Moving Picture World (June 10, 1922) 4 Front Page of Pathé Sun (April 15, 1922). Source: Robert Flaherty Papers Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York. © The Flaherty 5 Front Page of Photoplay Sidelights (Number 276–277). Source: Rob- ert Flaherty Papers Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia Uni- versity in the City of New York. © The Flaherty 6 “ ‘Nanook of the North’ A Story of Life and Love in the Arctic”, front page, published by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Source: Robert Flaherty Pa- pers Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York. © The Flaherty 7 “Every New York Newspaper Acclaims ‘Nanook of the North’ ”, back page, published by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Source: Robert Flaherty Pa- pers Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York. © The Flaherty 8 Cover Page of the Campaign Book for Exhibitors. Source: Robert Fla- herty Papers Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York. © The Flaherty 9 Capitol Theatre, New York City, program of January 5, 1921. Source: http://www.silentfilmstillarchive.com/new_york_capitol_jan02_1921. htm, accessed October 15, 2015...

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