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City of Gold (1957)

Author Pierre Berton tells the history of his hometown of Dawson City at its heyday during the Klondike Gold Rush.

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Wolf Koenig, Colin Low

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Roman Kroitor (storyline writer), Pierre Berton (commentary) | 1 more credit »
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Pierre Berton Pierre Berton ... Narrator (voice)
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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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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1957 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitale de l'or See more »

Filming Locations:

Dawson, Yukon, Canada

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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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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Dawson: City of Gold is a pioneering documentary that used an animation stand to explore fine details of still photographs bringing them to dramatic life..
16 April 2008 | by normanyonemoto-2See all my reviews

The National Film Board of Canada produced this 32 minute 1957 film that was nominated for an Academy Award for Live Action Short, one of two shorts produced by the National Film Board of Canada in this category. Using shots of still photographs and a voice-over narration, it tells the story of Dawson City, a mining town during the Klondike Gold Rush. It's a fascinating look back at an era long gone and little remembered. Well worth tracking down. It was the first film to use an animation stand to concentrate on details of still images and move around within the frame for dramatic effect. It is the direct ancestor of Ken Burns documentaries. Turner Classic Movies ran this once as part of a celebration of the NBC's 60th anniversary a few years back.


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