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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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The intertitles of the silent film (1998 version)

The intertitles of the silent version of Nanook are according to the restored version of the film on the DVD by Criterion Collection. The opening credits are included.

Revillon Frères present Nanook of the North. A story of life and love in the actual arctic. Produced by Robert J. Flaherty, F.R.G.S. Pathépicture

The mysterious Barren Lands – desolate, boulder-strewn, wind-swept – illimitable spaceswhich top the world.

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