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 232,536 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Robert J. Flaherty is the 238th most popular film director (down from 237th in 2019), the 1,565th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,558th in 2019) and the 71st most popular American Film Director.

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Among film directors, Robert J. Flaherty ranks 238 out of 1,580Before him are Russ Meyer, Liliana Cavani, Cecil B. DeMille, Joseph Losey, Sven Nykvist, and Youssef Chahine. After him are Tex Avery, Frank Darabont, Mike Newell, Bong Joon-ho, George Stevens, and Chris Marker.

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Among people born in 1884, Robert J. Flaherty ranks 47Before him are Clark L. Hull, Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Antonín Zápotocký, Zinaida Serebriakova, Hugo Gernsback, and Georges Duhamel. After him are Prince Adalbert of Prussia, Maria Spiridonova, Ivan Maisky, Louis B. Mayer, Wilhelm Backhaus, and Henri Cornet. Among people deceased in 1951, Robert J. Flaherty ranks 30Before him are Zaifeng, Prince Chun, Ivanoe Bonomi, Óscar Carmona, Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov, Émile Chartier, and Princess Milica of Montenegro. After him are Charles G. Dawes, Soh Jaipil, Andrei Platonov, Erich Naumann, Sadegh Hedayat, and Élie Cartan.

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Among people born in United States, Robert J. Flaherty ranks 1,565 out of 15,968Before him are Edward Charles Pickering (1846), Larry Page (1973), Cliff Robertson (1923), Robert W. Holley (1922), Ethan Allen (1738), and Rex Stout (1886). After him are John Philip Sousa (1854), Brad Dourif (1950), Robin Hobb (1952), Fred Rogers (1928), Barbara Bel Geddes (1922), and Bobby Morrow (1935).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Robert J. Flaherty ranks 71Before him are Roger Corman (1926), Stanley Kramer (1913), Richard Fleischer (1916), Russ Meyer (1922), Cecil B. DeMille (1881), and Joseph Losey (1909). After him are Tex Avery (1908), George Stevens (1904), Saul Bass (1920), Henry King (1886), George Roy Hill (1921), and Jerome Robbins (1918).