Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Wilton Town Hall Theater showing ‘Nanook of the North’


The Wilton Town Hall Theater, 40 Main St. in Wilton, will present the 1922 documentary “Nanook of the North”, about Inuit life above the Arctic Circle on Sunday January 23 at 2 pm.

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $ 10 per person to help cover expenses. The silent documentary will be broadcast with live music by silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis.

Director Robert Flaherty’s film tells the story of Inuit hunter Nanook and his family as they struggle to survive in the harsh conditions of Canada’s Hudson Bay region. The film was not completed until after the film from a previous expedition caught fire and was destroyed. Flaherty had to repeat her entire visit to remake the film. To make the film, Flaherty built an ad hoc film processing lab in the harsh arctic conditions and trained his Inuit friends to be his technicians.

Immersed in culture for over two years, Flaherty embraced the new art form of cinema as a way of showing modern audiences that without all the complications and pitfalls of modern civilization, life could be lived happily even in the most difficult conditions of nature.

In 1989, “Nanook of the North” was one of the first 25 films to be selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.

After the screening, a cake will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

The screening is part of the Town Hall Theater’s ongoing series in honor of the 100th anniversary of major motion pictures which debuted in 1922. The programs will feature all of the top five grossing titles of 1922, each airing on major screen with live music, as well as century-old quirks, shorts, cartoons and more.

Upcoming programs include:

– Sunday February 6, 2 p.m .: Rudolph Valentino in “Blood and Sand”. The film’s “Latin lover” in his first leading role, as a sexy bullfighter in this romantic thriller.

– Sunday February 20, 2 pm: “When chivalry was in bloom. Marion Davies goes medieval in this costumed photo that put her on the map as a big Hollywood star.

– Sunday March 13, 2 p.m .: Norma Talmadge in “Smilin ‘Through”. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, a romantic drama set on the Emerald Isle.

– Sunday March 27, 2 p.m .: Douglas Fairbanks in “Robin Hood”, which was the highest grossing film of 1922.

– Sunday April 3, 2 p.m .: Double feature film Chaney / Houdini. In “Flesh and Blood”, an escaped convict played by Lon Chaney hides in Chinatown and plots his revenge. In “The Man From Beyond”, illusionist Harry Houdini plays an Arctic adventurer frozen for 100 years.

– Sunday April 17, 2 p.m .: Emil Jannings in “Othello”. Shakespeare’s tragedy is brought to the screen in this first German version.

For more information, call 603-654-3456 or visit wiltontownhalltheater.com. For more information on music, visit jeffrapsis.com.

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