Thursday, May 30, 2013

Nanook of the North (1922)

A little baby with little puppies!
Today's documentary is Nanook of the North, one of the first full length documentaries ever made.  It focuses on Nanook, a hunter in Northern Canada, and his family of Eskimos.

It mainly focuses on stereotypes of Eskimos - seal hunting, dogsledding and Eskimo kisses.  We don't get to see them as regular people. What are they thinking about?  Do they like living where it is so cold?  This film is nothing better than a Nat Geo special.  It's so concerned with showing what they are that it never asks who they are. And that's a shame.  They did show a lot of the cute babies and puppies though. I'm giving this a 5/10.

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