Nanook of the North Film screening with piano accompaniment
Enormously popular since its original 1922 release and voted one of Sight & Sound’s Top 10 Greatest Documentaries of All Time, Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North has been celebrated as one of the most beautiful films in the history of cinema.
Flaherty made his film of Eskimo (Inuit) life following six years as an Arctic explorer for the Canadian Northern Railway. Seizing upon the idea of structuring his movie around characters who re-enacted episodes of their lives and participated in the shaping of the film.
Flaherty was not trained as an anthropologist, but he wisely guides our discovery of the people and their activities and ninety years later, Nanook of the North remains as completely engaging as it was in 1922 and a huge influence on many ethnographic films that followed.
Bristol Ideas, the Royal Photographic Society and South West Silents are proud to present this new high-definition version from Lobster Films, Paris which was originally sourced from Flaherty’s personal 35mm print. Live musical accompaniment by Meg Morley.
Nanook of the North is part of Bristol Ideas’ 2022 series Modernism1922 which explores the worlds of film, literature, music, politics and more 100 years ago. It is run as a tribute to Kevin Jackson. His book, Constellation of Genius: 1922: Modernism and All That Jazz, tells the story of that remarkable year.
This screening is part of Opening Up the Magic Box, a heritage element of Film 2021 which marks the centenary of the death of Bristol-born film pioneer William Friese-Greene and the 125th anniversary of the first public cinema screening in Bristol, which took place at the Tivoli on 8 June 1896, as well as celebrating Bristol – a UNESCO City of Film since 2017. It is generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Meg Morley is an Australian-born pianist, composer and improviser who creates music within diverse artistic genres (silent film, contemporary dance and ballet, solo piano, contemporary jazz ensembles and electronic music). Classically trained from the age of two, she has worked extensively with various dance companies (English National Ballet, Rambert Company, Matthew Bourne and Pina Bausch) and performs and composes for international silent film festivals, institutions and film organisations (Il Cinema Ritrovato, British Film Institute, Flatpack Festival, Nederlands Silent Film Festival and South West Silents).
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