Robert J. Flaherty

1884 - 1951

Robert J. Flaherty

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 194,831 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 235th most popular film director.

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Among film directors, Robert J. Flaherty ranks 236 out of 1,305Before him are Roger Corman, Thea von Harbou, Mike Nichols, Garry Marshall, John Sturges, and Richard Fleischer. After him are Terence Young, Leo McCarey, Douglas Sirk, Russ Meyer, Jean Epstein, and Mario Monicelli.

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Among people born in 1884, Robert J. Flaherty ranks 47Before him are Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Hugo Schmeisser, Georges Duhamel, Clark L. Hull, Mammad Amin Rasulzadeh, and Prince Adalbert of Prussia. After him are Johan Laidoner, Empress Teimei, Zinaida Serebriakova, Wilhelm Backhaus, Maria Spiridonova, and Louis B. Mayer. Among people deceased in 1951, Robert J. Flaherty ranks 33Before him are Ivanoe Bonomi, Émile Chartier, Charles G. Dawes, Sadegh Hedayat, Ferdinand Sauerbruch, and Soh Jaipil. After him are Empress Teimei, Andrei Platonov, Nikolai Medtner, Ali Sami Yen, Fritz Thyssen, and Agrippina Vaganova.

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Among people born in United States, Robert J. Flaherty ranks 1,558 out of 12,171Before him are Jordan Belfort (1962), Lil Wayne (1982), Gene Vincent (1935), Chris Evans (1981), Isamu Noguchi (1904), and Woody Guthrie (1912). After him are John Backus (1924), Jack Black (1969), Leo McCarey (1898), Bess Truman (1885), Cindy Crawford (1966), and Brian Dennehy (1938).

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Among film directors born in United States, Robert J. Flaherty ranks 67Before him are Tex Avery (1908), Gus Van Sant (1952), Roger Corman (1926), Garry Marshall (1934), John Sturges (1910), and Richard Fleischer (1916). After him are Leo McCarey (1898), Russ Meyer (1922), George Roy Hill (1921), Henry King (1886), Cecil B. DeMille (1881), and Edwin S. Porter (1870).

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