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Year
1922
Runtime
78 min.
Director
Robert J. Flaherty
Genre
Documentary
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
7,761
Checks
4,916
Favs
213
Dislikes
30
Favs/checks
4.3% (1:23)
Favs/dislikes
7:1
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  1. kaffy's avatar

    kaffy

    Having the name "Flaherty" and years spent in areas renowned for their cold climes did not make this movie a charming or pleasant experience.

    Nearly every (to be incredibly generous) scene is staged, and the last scene is most certainly a set. The added depressing knowledge of the fate of various aboriginal tribes in the century after the movie's release only adds to the sense of helplessness one feels while watching the movie.

    I feel the worst crime of the film is its legacy of clichés that persist to this day; igloos, sled dogs and "eskimo kisses" are all firmly established tropes that Flaherty is responsible for in his white-washed showcase of Nanook and his family.
    5 years 2 months ago
  2. spacew0man's avatar

    spacew0man

    As a fan of documentaries, I loved seeing this early attempt at my favorite genre. I also love silent films, so this was a double whammy! Unfortunately, I am pretty on the fence about this film. I enjoyed some parts, but others I feel could have been left out entirely. I still recommend watching this if you're interested in film history! 2 years 7 months ago
  3. alittleLoCa's avatar

    alittleLoCa

    I didn't like the movie at all. I thought it was a cheap distortion on Flaherty's part. 5 years 7 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #2 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Non-Fiction Films (2012)
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  2. This movie ranks #2 in National Film Registry
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  3. This movie ranks #6 in Sight and Sound -The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
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  4. This movie ranks #12 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  5. This movie ranks #31 in The Top 300 Silent Era Films
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  6. This movie ranks #32 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
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  7. This movie ranks #33 in The Criterion Collection
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  8. This movie ranks #39 in Silent but not Forgotten: The best silent films
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  9. This movie ranks #53 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  10. This movie ranks #70 in 100 Documentary Films (BFI Screen Guide)
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  11. This movie ranks #205 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
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  12. This movie ranks #212 in Anthology Film Archives' Essential Cinema
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  13. This movie ranks #266 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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  14. This movie ranks #280 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
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  15. This movie ranks #623 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  16. This movie ranks #788 in UNESCO's Memory of the World: National Cinematic Heritage
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