Robert and Frances Flaherty: A Documentary Life, 1883-1922

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Sep 23, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 453 pages
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Robert Flaherty's groundbreaking Nanook of the North (1922) - the chronicle of one year in the life of an Inuit hunter and his family in the Hudson Bay region - was the first full-length anthropological documentary in cinematic history. Before Nanook, Flaherty endured a number of failures, disappointments, and false starts. Drawing from the unpublished diaries of Flaherty and his wife, Frances, Robert Christopher's biography fills in crucial background in the emergence of a documentary film legend.
 

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Contents

The Boy from Iron Mountain
3
The Violin Camera and Canoe
23
From Bryn Mawr to Lake Nipigon
40
Through Canadas Northland
64
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
126
Frances and the Book of the Heart
201
Flaherty Island
282
Nanook of the Barren Lands
319
Epilogue
379
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About the author (2005)

Robert J. Christopher is professor of literature, School of American and International Studies, Ramapo College, New Jersey.