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Robert J. Flaherty

1884 - 1951

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Robert Joseph Flaherty, (; February 16, 1884 – July 23, 1951) was an American filmmaker who directed and produced the first commercially successful feature-length documentary film, Nanook of the North (1922). The film made his reputation and nothing in his later life fully equaled its success, although he continued the development of this new genre of narrative documentary with Moana (1926), set in the South Seas, and Man of Aran (1934), filmed in Ireland's Aran Islands. Flaherty is considered the father of both the documentary and the ethnographic film. Flaherty was married to writer Frances H. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert J. Flaherty has received more than 318,009 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Robert J. Flaherty is the 217th most popular film director (up from 238th in 2019), the 1,456th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,564th in 2019) and the 61st most popular American Film Director.

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Among film directors, Robert J. Flaherty ranks 217 out of 1,581Before him are Cecil B. DeMille, Thea von Harbou, Alfonso Cuarón, Theo van Gogh, Mario Bava, and Marco Ferreri. After him are Spike Lee, Gus Van Sant, Joseph Losey, Anatole Litvak, Terence Young, and Douglas Sirk.

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Among people born in 1884, Robert J. Flaherty ranks 40Before him are Panait Istrati, Otto Rank, Mammad Amin Rasulzadeh, Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Étienne Gilson, and Petru Groza. After him are Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Empress Teimei, Louis B. Mayer, Hugo Gernsback, Antonín Zápotocký, and Zinaida Serebriakova. Among people deceased in 1951, Robert J. Flaherty ranks 29Before him are Harald Bohr, William Randolph Hearst, Princess Milica of Montenegro, Ivanoe Bonomi, Charles G. Dawes, and Óscar Carmona. After him are Princess Hélène of Orléans, Empress Teimei, Andrei Platonov, Willem Mengelberg, Élie Cartan, and Émile Chartier.

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Among people born in United States, Robert J. Flaherty ranks 1,456 out of 18,182Before him are Henry Rollins (1961), John Dickson Carr (1906), Roger Ailes (1940), Richard S. Castellano (1933), George Smoot (1945), and Mamie Eisenhower (1896). After him are Spike Lee (1957), Dale T. Mortensen (1939), Eugene Fama (1939), John Dickinson (1732), Gus Van Sant (1952), and Gene Sharp (1928).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Robert J. Flaherty ranks 61Before him are Alan J. Pakula (1928), Chris Columbus (1958), Sam Raimi (1959), John Sturges (1910), Wes Anderson (1969), and Cecil B. DeMille (1881). After him are Spike Lee (1957), Gus Van Sant (1952), Joseph Losey (1909), George Stevens (1904), Richard Fleischer (1916), and Arthur Penn (1922).