‘Nanook of the North’ Criterion Summary
One of the earliest full-length documentaries, this film looks at the life of Nanook, “the Bear”, an Inuit living on the shores of Hudson’s Bay in Northern Quebec. He lives there with his wives, his many children and their dogs. Nanook is known as a superb fisherman and hunter and the search for food is a constant struggle. The film shows Nanook and others hunting and fishing and working together during a walrus hunt. In the winter, Nanook manages to build an igloo in less than an hour. The climate is harsh however and the Inuit are forever battling the elements and seeking food in order to survive.
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