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Nanook of the North / The Wedding of Palo (and Other Films of Arctic Life) [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Nanook The Bear
  • Directors: Robert Flaherty, Knud Rasmussen, Claude Massot, Louis deRochemont
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Silent, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Flicker Alley LLC
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 281 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AW4ZD8I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,239 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An enclosed 32-page booklet features excerpts from Flaherty's 1924 book, "My Eskimo Friends" and a brand new essay, "Knud Rasmussen and The Wedding of Palo" by historian Lawrence Millman.

Editorial Reviews

Robert Flaherty made Nanook Of The North, a film of Eskimo (Inuit) lif, following six years as an Arctic explorer for the Canadian Northern Railway. During journeys often lasting months at a time with only one or two Inuit as companions, he developed a deep regard for these indigenous people and after two unsuccessful filming attempts, Flaherty seized upon the idea of structuring his movie around characters who reenacted episodes of their lives and participated in the shaping of the film. He was not trained as an anthropologist, but Flaherty wisely guides our discovery of the people and their activities, and ninety years later, Nanook remains as completely engaging as it was in 1922, a huge influence on many ethnographic films that followed. This edition is mastered in high definition at the visually correct speed from the painstaking 35mm restoration of 1972, with a lovely orchestral score composed, compiled and conducted by Timothy Brock. Selected for the National Film Registry, 1989. The Wedding of Palo (Palos Brudefaerd) (1934), Nanook s obvious successor, is the last beautiful work of the famed Danish polar explorer and anthropologist Dr. Knud Rasmussen. Filmed in sound with an Inuit cast from the Angmagssalik district of east Greenland, Palo, like Nanook, documents a vanished lifestyle and uses Flaherty s device of an appealing narrative; in this case, a story of two men who desire the same woman as wife. It is mastered in high definition and digitally restored from an original 35mm nitrate print in the collection of George Eastman House. This Blu-Ray also contains six extraordinary bonus films. Nanook Revisited (Saumialuk) by Claude Massot. made in the same locations used by Flaherty, shows how Inuit life changed in the intervening decades (it s not that different from ours), how Flaherty consciously depicted a culture which was then already vanishing, and how Nanook is used today to teach the Inuit their heritage. Nanook Revisited was produced in 1988 on standard definition video for French television. Dwellings of the Far North (1928) is the igloo-building sequence of Nanook re-edited and re-titled as an educational film; Arctic Hunt (1913) and extended excerpts from Primitive Love (1927) are by Arctic explorer Frank E. Kleinschmidt; Eskimo Hunters of Northwest Alaska (1949) by Louis deRochemont shows many activities seen in Nanook thirty years after, and Face of the High Arctic (1959) depicts the ecology of the region.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chip Kaufmann TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 9, 2014
...are the two words I would use to describe this recent Flicker Alley release. Exhilarating in that there is now a quality copy of NANOOK on Blu-Ray. There is also the availability of the other rare films on Disc 2 although the visual quality doesn't match that of NANOOK. No matter, just being able to see them is the key point here. The depressing part comes with the 1988 French documentary NANOOK REVISITED which revisits the same locations Robert Flaherty used almost 70 years later. The use of color film and sound heightens the drab reality of the locals' everyday existence although it's fascinating to watch them watching NANOOK and laughing at some of the inaccuracies while soaking up this visual record of their past. Most everyone knows that Flaherty staged a number of scenes in NANOOK but it was poignant to hear a local man say that he was deliberately trying to record on film Inuit life before the "White Man" came and wouldn't allow them to use anything contemporary. It would be interesting to visit Port Harrison today and see how life there has changed since 1988.

NANOOK now looks better than it ever has thanks to the digital transfer of David Shepard's 1972 restoration. The film is aided immeasureably by Timothy Brock's score which is not only atmospheric (the use of harp in the walrus hunt is especially effective) but somewhat melancholy as befits the always harsh surroundings Nanook and his family lived in. Knud Rasmussen's THE WEDDING OF PALO shows us Eskimo (Inuit) life on the Western Coast of Greenland circa 1933 which presents a very different world from that of NANOOK. Greenland in the summer is full of vegetation and in addition to seal, there is musk ox and salmon to sustain the community.
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