The Famous Arctic Documentary and Its Afterlife
5. From the Silent Film to the Sound Version
There are almost no newspaper articles or programs in the archive that reveal how screenings of Nanook took place during the 1930s, the period when sound film became established. According to Ruby, “[n]either Fla- herty nor Nanook occupies much space in the serious literature about the film industry written in the 1920s and early 1930s” (Ruby 1983, 46). During the 1940s Nanook was screened at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. According to a movie talk by Archer Winston in the New York Post of January 5, 1946 entitled “Nanook of the North, old, but still going strong”, Nanook was screened along with a 1922 Soviet newsreel at MoMA. But even though Nanook was “[b]uried in vaults and film libraries” (Weiler 1947) for a long period, Flaherty was probably not forgotten com- pletely during these years, at least not by some of the public. In addition to keeping a copy of Nanook safe and available for screenings at MoMA, Flaherty had already started a correspondence with individuals in contact with Révillon Frères to discuss the legal situation and a possible re-release of the film. The sound version of Nanook was released in 1947,77 but was withdrawn from the market when the restored version of the film became available at the end of the 1970s and is therefore no longer available for the public today: A sound version which was issued in 1948 and contains non-Flaherty footage and an added voice-over was distributed by McGraw-Hill,...
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