105 Great Directors: Robert Flaherty

“A film is the longest distance between two points.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Nanook of the North.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Nanook of the North.

What Did I Watch: Moana.

Where Does He Fit: Flaherty troubles me in the same way that the Soviet montage crew does, with the gorgeous panning shots of the islands and a score that fits the moods and lies perfectly being exactly what works as a curio, even if it’s rather lumpy as a finished product. Still, it’s a little like a Disney safari, in that it’s rather colonialist in its undertones but it still looks so pretty that you can probably brush it aside if you have a similar tolerance to me. Shame the quality of the version I watched was so atrocious, but the images look beautiful. Wildlife is good for that.


Most Valuable Asset: Phony realism.
Most Excited For: Louisiana Story.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Not really. He’s decent?

Coming Up Next: Campy Spanish melodramatist Pedro Almodovar.


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