Nanook of the North Reviews

January 22, 2008
Flaherty wasn't much of an ethnologist -- he routinely staged scenes for his camera and insisted that his subjects return to traditions they'd abandoned generations before -- yet he was a master dramatist.
January 22, 2008
Despite the comparatively primitive technique and the natural difficulties of shooting a film in the frozen Hudson Bay wastelands, every minute of Nanook lives up to its reputation.
March 25, 2006
Beside this film the usual photoplay, the so-called "dramatic" work of the screen, becomes as thin and blank as the celluloid on which it is printed. And the photoplay cannot avoid the comparison that exposes its lack of substance.
January 26, 2006
These characters are plainly 'playing' themselves, and scenes such as the igloo-building manifest a sage grace and skill.
January 20, 2006
Nanook is one of the most vital and unforgettable human beings ever recorded on film.