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Robert J. Flaherty’s birthday

Robert J. Flaherty’s birthday

Robert J. Flaherty’s birthday


Originally shared by Kenneth Johnson

February 16th Memoriam Spotlight: Robert Flaherty is credited with creating the documentary film genre, beginning with his critically-acclaimed „Nanook Of The North” (1922). His award-winning work earned the praise of no less than Orson Welles who said Flaherty was „one of the two or three greatest people who ever worked in the medium.”. Originally a railroad explorer and miner who learned about looking for ore and survival skills from his father, Flaherty did not begin working in film until he was 36, but that experience in the outdoors paid off and his movies are still considered among the best outdoor documentaries.

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