Image: Robert Flaherty
I am often astonished and dismayed at what passes for a documentary these days. With few exceptions, I far prefer older documentaries even now, decades after they were filmed. One of these is Nanook of the North, by
Robert Flaherty [who]
was an American filmmaker who directed and produced the first commercially successful feature length documentary film. 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 docufiction , e.g. with Moana (1926), set in the South Seas and Man of Aran (1934). More at the Wiki here.
Flaherty seems to have been less than a model citizen. Read about the child he father with an Intuit woman then later refused to acknowledge.