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Nanook of the North (Criterion Collection) back to product details

time travel
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written by karlfrank August 1, 2005 - 8:10 AM PDT
0 out of 3 members found this review helpful
To be able to witness a traditional way of life, skills that the Inuit took tens of thousands of years perfecting, mostly now vanished, is time travel of a rare kind.

fantastic documentary
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written by PDull March 19, 2005 - 2:42 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This is an amazing silent documentary on the irrepressible Nanook ("The Bear") and his harsh life in the cold North. It is an amazing glimpse into the life of an Eskimo circa 1920, including hunting, igloo building, fishing, and trapping. Note that much of the film is focused on survival, and there are several scenes of killing and eating animals (not much plant-life grows where Nanook lived, except moss used for fuel). But the happy smile on Nanook's face after building an igloo is priceless. This is a model documentary - dramatic, funny, and thrilling. Rent it!

Sub-zero home movies
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written by wes2666 September 28, 2004 - 9:53 PM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Nanook of the North was the first anthropological documentary feature and probably the most influential. The arctic landscape is beautiful and dangerous; the people resourceful and charming, and the film is not a bit less strange than a documentary shot on Venus. According to the prologue material, Flaherty brought along printing equipment and a projector to show Nanook and his family what they were creating. I imagine this makes anthropologists cringe since Nanook is made aware of "performing" his culture. But this just adds another layer of poignancy to the film. When the long dead Nanook smiles and mugs for the camera to amuse his family, the viewer ia drawn into a lost home movie from a nearly extinct culture.

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