Robert and Frances Flaherty: A Documentary Life, 1883-1922 by Robert J. ChristopherRobert and Frances Flaherty: A Documentary Life, 1883-1922 by Robert J. Christopher

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

byRobert J. Christopher

Hardcover | September 23, 2005

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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 Drawing from the unpublished diaries of Flaherty and his wife, Frances, Robert Christopher's biography fills in crucial background in the emergence of a documentary film legend. Previous biographical emphasis on Nanook has not only obscured Flaherty's early career but also neglected the critical contributions Frances made to his development as an artist. "Robert and Frances Flaherty" charts her transformation from a Bryn Mawr bluestocking to the partner of a frontier explorer and offers her unique perspective as his collaborator and publicist. From iron prospector to photographer to filmmaker, Flaherty's early life is situated in the context of his explorations of the Canadian north and its peoples, the development of modern cinema, the rise of modernism, and his association with significant figures such as Alfred Adler, Franz Boas, Edward Curtis, and Alfred Stieglitz.
Robert J. Christopher is professor of literature, School of American and International Studies, Ramapo College, New Jersey.
Title:Robert and Frances Flaherty: A Documentary Life, 1883-1922Format:HardcoverDimensions:472 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.42 inPublished:September 23, 2005Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773528768

ISBN - 13:9780773528765

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"This book is indispensable for anyone with an interest in Robert Flaherty."