Dir: Robert J. Flaherty, 1922, USSR, 79mins (at 20fps), Cert: U
Fri 13 April // 20:00
Tickets: £8 (full) / £7 (concession)
Enormously popular since its original 1922 release and voted into the Top 10 of Sight & Sound’s Greatest Documentaries of All Time, Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North has been celebrated as one of the most beautiful films in the history of cinema.
Flaherty made his film of Eskimo (Inuit) life following six years as an Arctic explorer for the Canadian Northern Railway. Seizing upon the idea of structuring his movie around characters who re-enacted episodes of their lives and participated in the shaping of the film.
Flaherty was not trained as an anthropologist, but he wisely guides our discovery of the people and their activities and ninety years later, Nanook of the North remains as completely engaging as it was in 1922 and a huge influence on many ethnographic films that followed.
South West Silents is proud to present this new high definition version from Lobster Films, Paris which was originally sourced from Flaherty’s very own personal 35mm print.
The film will be accompanied by a wonderful orchestral score composed, compiled and conducted by Timothy Brock.
This event is produced by South West Silents (www.southwestsilents.com), an organisation which aims to celebrate the history of cinema and share their passion for silent film with the wider cinema-going audience by producing eye opening silent film events not only in the South West of England but in the United Kingdom.