#033: Nanook Of The North

criterion33ROBERT J. FLAHERTY

1922

The popularity of documentaries is often dogged by controversy over the veracity of its contents, which then often leads to a discussion on just what truth is when it comes to documentary films: is it recording truth to turn on a camera and not interfere, especially when science now tells us that observing is interfering? And what of the process of filming something and then editing and arrange that film into a narrative?  The controversy rages on, decades after the success of Robert J. Flaherty’s “ethnographic” films, including this box-office smash, gave audiences a glimpse into ways of life that Flaherty, for the most part, invented for the camera.

Listen to the podcast episode here:  PODCAST

My review of the film on my blog:  REVIEW

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