For my current class, Project and Portfolio IV: Digital Cinematography, I had to view the film "Nanook of the North," a silent film documentary from 1922, and comment on what can be learned from this almost 100 year old film.
I would agree with what Roger Ebert said in his review, in that the Nanook, is unforgettable. In spite of the fact this film is almost a 100 years old, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader spoofed it in a episode of “Documentary Now.” This shows how relevant this film is. What I think we can learn from this film is a well constructed character story will always be in style, no matter the year. This film opened showing us how Nanook’s life is similar to our own. He has a wife(s), children, and even a dog. He has a boat like we have cars, he has a house, and a job (hunting). Then the filmmaker shows us, how his life differs from our own, whilst introducing the conflict; keep moving and find food or else you’ll die. This conflict is engaging and keeps the audience hooked.
"Documentary Now!" Kunuk Uncovered (TV Episode 2015). (n.d.). Retrieved October
02, 2017, from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4823560/?ref_=ttep_ep2
Ebert, Roger. “Nanook of the North Movie Review (1922) | Roger Ebert.”
RogerEbert.com, 25 Sept. 2005, www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great
-movie-nanook-of-the-north-1922. Accessed 2 Oct. 2017.
Flaherty, Robert J., director. Nanook of the North. 13 May 2013,
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoUafjAH0cg. Accessed 2 Oct. 2017.
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