Tuesday, December 20, 2005
My own Igloo.
This post is for you Wondy as I saw this on your blog.
When I was young(16 years old) this movie was probably the 4th or 5th silent long movie I ever watch, because I was used to the slapstick or short comedy films and this was probably my 1st serious silent movie that everybody likes to call one of the first documentaries ever even from the fact of all the inaccurate information from it.
About gossips did you know Nanook died two years after the movie was released, died while trying to hunt a Whale and die from starvation.
I am including also some non-facts I took from a review of the movie so enjoy!.Btw the movie was done in 1922.
"Flaherty(the Director) faced criticism for deceptively portraying staged events as reality in the film. Much of the action was staged and gives an inaccurate view of real Inuit life during the early 20th century.
"Nanook" was in fact named Allakariallak, for instance, while the "wife" shown in the film was not really his wife, but was actually one of Flaherty's eskimo wives. And although Allakariallak normally used a gun when hunting, Flaherty encouraged him to hunt after the fashion of his ancestors in order to capture what was believed to be the way the Inuit lived before European influence.
The ending, where Nanook and his family are supposedly in peril of dying if they can't find shelter quickly enough, was obviously farce, given the reality of nearby French-Canadian and Inuit settlements during filming, though Allakariallak himself died of exposure two years later after being caught in a snowstorm
Flaherty defended his work by stating that a filmmaker must often distort a thing to catch its true spirit. Later filmmakers have noted that the only cameras available at the time were both large and immobile, making it impossible to effectively capture most interior shots or unstructured exterior scenes without significantly modifying the environment and subject action.
For example, the Inuit crew had to build a special three-walled igloo for Flaherty's bulky camera so that there would be enough light for it to capture interior shots. Similarly, while Flaherty staged walrus and seal hunts, the hunting itself involved actual wild animals, though Flaherty insisted that his actors use spears and not the guns with which they normally hunted.
At the time, few documentaries had been filmed and there was little precedent to guide Flaherty's work. Nonetheless, since Flaherty's time both staging action and attempting to steer documentary action have come to be considered unethical among documentarians, as has any sort of re-enactment which is not introduced as or immediately obvious as a re-enactment."
Damn I know a lot of werid facts from silent movies!!!
HAHAHAH Have a great day!!