Nanook of the North (1922) Movie Poster

Trivia for Nanook of the North (1922)

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  • Rated #6 in 2002 by International Documentary Assn. on its list of Top 20 Documentaries of all time.
  • There are claims that all of the scenes are staged, and also that the woman who plays Nanook's wife was not his actual wife.
  • The claim that Allakariallak died of starvation in 1922, months after the film was completed, is untrue; he did not starve but likely succumbed to tuberculosis.
  • The film was sponsored by the French fur company Revillon Freres, which provided $50,000 for director Robert J. Flaherty's 16-month expedition halfway to the North Pole. Despite being rejected by five distributors, the film opened in New York City in 1922, after its success in Paris and Berlin, and grossed well over $40,000 in its first week.
  • Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
  • The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.
  • The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
  • This film was selected into the National Film Registry in 1989 (the first year of inductions) for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". It was the first documentary to be preserved in the National Film Registry.
  • This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #33.
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