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Dawson City: Frozen Time

Dawson City: Frozen Time


This meditation on cinema’s past from Decasia director Bill Morrison pieces together the bizarre true history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s. Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson City was settled in 1896 and became the center of the Canadian Gold Rush that brought 100,000 prospectors to the area. It was also the final stop for a distribution chain that sent prints and newsreels to the Yukon. The films were seldom, if ever, returned. The now-famous Dawson City Collection was uncovered in 1978 when a bulldozer working its way through a parking lot dug up a horde of film cans. Morrison draws on these permafrost-protected, rare silent films and newsreels, pairing them with archival footage, interviews, historical photographs, and an enigmatic score by Sigur Rós collaborator and composer Alex Somers. Dawson City: Frozen Time depicts the unique history of this Canadian Gold Rush town by chronicling the life cycle of a singular film collection through its exile, burial, rediscovery, and salvation.

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  • Booklet essays by Lawrence Weschler and Alberto Zambenedetti
    *Interview with filmmaker Bill Morrison
    *British Canadian Pathé News 81A, 1919
    *International News Vol. 1, Issue 52, 1919
    *The Montreal Herald Screen Magazine, 1919
    *Pathé’s Weekly #17, 1914
    *The Butler and the Maid, Thomas A. Edison Inc., 1912
    *Brutality, D.W. Griffith, Biograph Company, 1912
    *The Exquisite Thief, Tod Browning, Universal Film Manufacturing Company Inc., 1919
    *The Girl of the Northern Woods, Thanhouser, 1910Year: 2017
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 120
  • Color Type: Color
  • Country: U.S.
  • Language: English

Label: Kino Lorber

Directed by Bill Morrison


Additional information

Weight 3 oz
Kino Lorber

Blu Ray, DVD

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