Comparison of Nanook of the North and Nanook Revisited


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Comparison of Nanook of the North and Nanook Revisited
The significance of films can change over time, as the narrative structure of how a film is presented to an audience can affect how its content is perceived. The films Nanook of the North and Nanook Revisited are an excellent example of how time and context can affect the narrative structure used to structure a documentary. Both films address the same subject, where persons in the Inuit community in Canada were recorded as they participated in routine tasks. Both films presented the historical background of the Inuit and identified how relationships within the communities were defined by tasks and by family orientation. Yet while Nanook of the North is reported to be the first...
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..... within the Inuit people themselves.
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