Spotlight on Robert J. Flaherty
Our staff and I have picked a few select films that have been made available FREE online from owners that we thought would be of interest to everyone. These films are a variety of shorts and features of different genres of non-fiction films. These films are available for as long as the rights owners allow them to be available so please make sure to view these films however you can! We are receiving no monetary compensation for these films and are only making them available through the owner’s own website and links.
TITLE: LOUISIANA STORY (1948)
RUN TIME: 1:18
The idyllic life of a young Cajun boy and his pet raccoon is disrupted when the tranquility of the bayou is broken by an oil well drilling near his home.
TITLE: MAN OF ARAN (1934)
RUN TIME: 1:16
In this blend of documentary and fictional narrative from pioneering filmmaker Robert Flaherty, the everyday trials of life on Ireland's unforgiving Aran Islands are captured with attention to naturalistic beauty and historical detail.
TITLE: MOANA (1926)
RUN TIME: 1:25
Filmmaker Robert J. Flaherty presents a docufictional account of a family living in a Samoan village in the early 1920s.
TITLE: NANOOK OF THE NORTH (1922)
RUN TIME: 1:18
In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.
TITLE: TWENTY_FOUR-DOLLAR-ISLAND (1927)
RUN TIME: 0:12
In 1626, Dutch traders bought Manhattan for $24 of beads and gift product. Within 30 years, there were 1,000 residents, and 300 years later, there were 8 million. This film celebrates the muscle, size, and majesty of Manhattan, starting at the river's edge where a huge-jawed steam shovel dredges. It's on to an ocean liner, then to a hole in the ground where men swing pickaxes, sledgehammers, and shovels. The camera then slowly examines a stately building by the shore. Behind and beside it is the city.