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City of Gold (1957)

 -  Documentary | Short | History  -  1957 (Canada)
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Author Pierre Berton tells the history of his hometown of Dawson City at its heyday during the Klondike Gold Rush.

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The writer Pierre Berton narrates the story of his childhood hometown's history during the Klondike Gold Rush. In doing so, Berton surveys the general history of the last great gold rush and what those people struggled for in that time really achieved. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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A nostalgic recollection of the Klondike Gold Rush by Dawson City-born Pierre Berton


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Most of the still photos used to make this film had been preserved only because they were taken on glass plates, which were then used as windows in a greenhouse in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. Pierre Berton, who wrote and reads the film's narration, lived in Dawson as a boy and walked past the greenhouse daily on his way to school. See more »

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Narrator: Well, that's my hometown-Dawson City.
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CITY OF GOLD {Short} (Wolf Koenig & Colin Low, 1957) ***
23 February 2014 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This Canadian two-reel documentary was an Oscar nominee (albeit in the Live Action Short Subject category) and is even favourably reviewed in the "Leslie Halliwell Film Guide". While opening in a contemporary setting, we are eventually taken back by narrator Pierre Berton to the days of his father as a prospector in the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. Interestingly, while the modern footage is captured by a moving camera, the past is effectively represented via a succession of stills – relating the trials and tribulations of the people who came from afar to make a fortune but who, we are told, sometimes lost it after a while or even lost interest in pursuing it further once they settled in a community that would soon thrive and become an established city! All in all, the film makes for a vivid and nicely-detailed look at the pioneering spirit. Incidentally, co-director Koenig was featured as an actor in Norman McLaren's Oscar-winning short NEIGHBOURS (1952), which I watched a day prior to this one.


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