THE WORLD OF ROBERT FLAHERTY by Richard Griffith

THE WORLD OF ROBERT FLAHERTY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From the writings and records of both Robert and his wife, Frances, and with photographs from their extensive picture-taking, here is the career of a pioneer in new cinematic fields. His love for the North was born in his travels in the Hudson Bay region to get samples of iron ore and his journals are full of the friendliness, the goodness and the customs of the Eskimos. His ambition to present them as they are led to photography which eventually reached the public as Nanook of the North, a departure that proved to be, not a novelty, but the beginning of a tradition. Its effect was such that he was commissioned to do the same for the South Seas, but the picture Moana was another original, while Tabu, Man of Aran, Sabu, The Land, and The Louisiana Story kept disclosing his different approaches to each subject. There are the problems and headaches each presented, the ""movie family"" which worked intimately and cooperatively and the incidents that would spark the picture into life. A special sort of book -- of definite interest to moving picture followers but also a revealing bit of personal history, this is not shadowed by Hollywood and reflects a definite personality.

Pub Date: April 28th, 1953
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce