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Nanook of the North (Motion picture)


  • [Nanook of the North, as originally released by Pathé Exchange in 1922, was silent and ran approximately 75 minutes. In 1947 United Artists purchased Nanook and released a reedited sound version, running approximately 50 minutes. In 1960, control of distribution for Nanook passed to the Robert Flaherty Foundation, and International Film Seminars (IFS) assumed ownership of the film. In 1971, IFS asked film preservationist, David Shepard to locate and examine existing footage of the film in order to create the 1976 restoration (approximately 64 minutes), for which a new musical sound track was created. In 1999, the 1976 restoration was digitally remastered at the correct speed (now running approximately 79 minutes) and was released with a new musical track.]
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  • Work Begun

    • (edtf) 1922
  • Work Locale

    • (naf) United States
  • Form

    • (lcgft) Motion pictures
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  • Sources

    • found: Nanook revisited, c1994:film (Nanook of the North; motion picture by Robert J. Flaherty)
    • found: LC in OCLC, June 3, 1998(hdg.: Nanook of the North (Motion picture))
    • found: Internet Movie Database, June 3, 1998(Nanook of the North; motion picture produced in 1922)
    • found: Nanook of the North, 1976:(restored version of 1922 film, Nanook of the North, directed, produced, written, photographed and edited by Robert J. Flaherty; film restoration, David H. Shepard)
    • found: Wikipedia WWW site, viewed November 16, 2021(Nanook of the North is a 1922 American silent film which combines elements of documentary and docudrama, at a time when the concept of separating films into documentary and drama did not yet exist; the film was funded by French fur company Revillon Frères and originally distributed by Pathé Exchange)
    • found: Skare, R. "Digital Film Preservation: The Search for the Original" viewed online November 16, 2021 via [email protected] at the University of Akron WWW siteIntroduction (Nanook of the North, premiered at the Capitol Theatre in New York City in June, 1922; the film exists multiple different versions, the 1947 edited sound version, the 1976 restored version; a 1999 version of the 1976 restoration, digitally remastered at the visually correct speed, and other editions on VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray, with different prefaces and different film music in addition to some extra material) - http://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/docam/vol4/iss2/8
  • General Notes

    • [Nanook of the North, as originally released by Pathé Exchange in 1922, was silent and ran approximately 75 minutes. In 1947 United Artists purchased Nanook and released a reedited sound version, running approximately 50 minutes. In 1960, control of distribution for Nanook passed to the Robert Flaherty Foundation, and International Film Seminars (IFS) assumed ownership of the film. In 1971, IFS asked film preservationist, David Shepard to locate and examine existing footage of the film in order to create the 1976 restoration (approximately 64 minutes), for which a new musical sound track was created. In 1999, the 1976 restoration was digitally remastered at the correct speed (now running approximately 79 minutes) and was released with a new musical track.]
  • Change Notes

    • 1998-06-15: new
    • 2021-11-18: revised
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