Au gré des saisons, la vie d'une famille d'Esquimaux. Traitement sensible et poétique de la réalité. Images admirables du contexte arctique. Ton d'authenticité remarquable. Film important dans l'histoire du documentaire.
Lewis Jacob - The Rise of American Film
Revillon Frères, a fur company, financed him to make an advertising film while he was on an expedition to Canada. The result, NANOOK OF THE NORTH, not only changed Robert Flaherty's future but added a new province to the domain of motion pictures. With his film was launched what was later to be known as the "documentary" form.
(Texte paru en 1939)
David MacDougall - Film Quarterly
Not only was Flaherty the first to see in films the means for a new kind of exploration and documentation of reality, but he pursued his insight with a thoroughness which would be rare today.
(Texte paru en 1969-1970)
Auteur inconnu - New York Times
It took more than just a man with a camera to make NANOOK OF THE NORTH. Mr Flaherty had to wait for his light, he had to select his shots, he had to compose his scenes, he had to direct his people in order that Nanook,s story might develop its full force of realism and drama on the screen. So it is due to Mr. Flaherty that Nanook, who lives his life by Hudson Bay, also lives at the Capitol.
(Texte paru en 1922)