Robert Flaherty, who invented the documentary film with Nanook of the North, details the daily lives of fishermen in a tiny island village 30 miles off the west coast of Ireland. Flaherty went to extreme pains to re-create the life of the fishermen, even to the extent of reeducating them in 100-year-old techniques of harpooning and shark catching. The photography is brilliant, the best of any of Flaherty’s work. Though many reviewers have criticized the film for being overly picturesque and stagy, Flaherty’s use of new long lenses allowed him to capture some of the most breathtaking imagery ever put into a documentary film.