ROBERT J. FLAHERTY

(1884-1951). American explorer, motion picture director, and writer. Directed very early documentary motion picture, 'Nanook of the North' (1922).

"Nanook of the North" film maker and explorer. Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pp on one folded 8vo sheet penned on first and third pages, Norwalk, CT, Dec. 7, 1919.

Flaherty writes to the President of the American Geographical Society agreeing to the postpone of his lecture until January 20th. “Indeed I should prefer it as it gives me better time for preparation….” He accepts the President’s invitation for the Faherty’s to dine with the President and his wife, “on the evening of the lecture, “ and signs, “Robert Flaherty.”.

Flaherty wrote this letter before he began work the following year on his most famous and classic film, “Nanook of the North,” depicting the struggle for survival of an Inuit family. Flaherty’s wife, Frances Flaherty to whom he was married from 1914 until his death, was a writer. In 1948, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Story for Louisiana Story. The film in documentary style promotes the benefits of oil drilling in the Louisiana bayous. An uncommon and fine letter.

Item #2163

Price: $750.00

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