Flaherty and Grierson

Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 1:30 p.m.

The Celeste Bartos Theater Lobby, mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

Includes the following films:

  • Man of Aran

    1934. Great Britain. Directed by Robert Flaherty. With Colman “Tiger” King, Maggie Dirrane, Michael Dillane. 75 min.

  • Granton Trawler

    1934. great Britain. Directed, produced, and photographed by John Grierson. Sound by Alberto Cavalcanti. 11 min.

Robert Flaherty (1884–1951) remained the central figure in ethnographic filmmaking throughout his life. His major early works (Nanook of the North, Moana) were filmed in remote locales. With Man of Aran, he moved closer to “civilization,” but he still managed to capture in the Aran Islands a culture that no self-respecting Londoner would find any less exotic than the Arctic or the South Seas. As a document on the unforgiving nature of Nature, it is hard to find its equal. John Grierson (1898–1972), Flaherty’s Scottish disciple, was the dominant force in British documentary until 1939, and he spent World War II as the main creative mind behind the National Film Board of Canada.

In the Film exhibition An Auteurist History of Film

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