Cinema: Old Master

More than a quarter of a century ago, Robert J. Flaherty, weighted down with camera equipment, slogged into the Eskimo country of north Canada and came back with a film called Nanook of the North. Now both the film and its maker are full of years and honors. Nanook has been shown all over the world, and Flaherty is known as the father of the documentary film.

This week, Flaherty was riding tandem on fame. Nanook had just completed a successful revival in Manhattan and begun another swing around the country. And a new...

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