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Nanook of the North

Robert J. Flaherty, 1922. Nanook builds an entire igloo (with an ice-window) in 30 minutes. He hunts seals with spears. He has two wives who sleep naked with him under a giant bear skin. And he starved to death shortly after filming. These all are things Flaherty would like you to believe, but most of them were unfortunately staged or fabricated. Oh well. That’s what happens when you spend two years shooting a documentary only to have your cigarette ignite 30,000 feet of film and compel you to start from scratch.


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