Nanook of the North

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In Brief: While Nanook of the North (1922) has been criticized for filmmaker Robert J. Flaherty's interference with his subjects and admitted staging of scenes, there can be no doubt that the film remains a cornerstone of the documentary genre. Much of what we take for granted in modern nature docs was relatively revolutionary at the time, and Flaherty's handling of his subjects makes up for any lapses in documentary ethics. Whether you consider Nanook a documentary or not according to contemporary standards, it's still a sympathetic portrait of the Inuit people that remains required viewing.
Genre: Documentary
Director: Robert J. Flaherty
Starring: Nanook, Nyla, Cunayou, Alle, Allegoo
Rated: NR

The Asheville Film Society will screen Nanook of the North on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.


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