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Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016)

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The history of Dawson City, the gold rush town that had a historical treasure of forgotten silent films buried in permafrost for decades until 1978.

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Bill Morrison

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Bill Morrison
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Credited cast:
Michael Gates Michael Gates ... Self
Kathy Jones-Gates Kathy Jones-Gates ... Self
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Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Self (archive footage)
Frank Barrett Frank Barrett ... Self (archive footage)
Alexander Berkman Alexander Berkman ... Self (archive footage)
Charles Chaplin ... Self as The Lone Prospector (archive footage)
Eddie Cicotte Eddie Cicotte ... Self (archive footage)
Pat Duncan Pat Duncan ... Self (archive footage)
Thomas A. Edison ... Self (archive footage)
Chick Gandil Chick Gandil ... Self (archive footage)
Chief Isaac of the Tr'ondek Hwech'in Klondike Han Chief Isaac of the Tr'ondek Hwech'in Klondike Han ... Self (archive footage)
Larry Kopf Larry Kopf ... Self (archive footage)
Sam Kula Sam Kula ... Self (archive footage)
Kenesaw M. Landis Kenesaw M. Landis ... Self (archive footage) (as Kenesaw Mountain Landis)
Auguste Lumière ... Self (archive footage)
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Dawson City: Frozen Time, pieces together the bizarre true history of a collection of some 500 films dating from 1910s - 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory, in Dawson City, located about 350 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Using these permafrost protected, rare silent films and newsreels, archival footage, interviews and historical photographs to tell the story, and accompanied by an enigmatic score by Sigur Rós collaborator and composer Alex Somers (Captain Fantastic), Dawson City: Frozen Time depicts a unique history of a Canadian gold rush town by chronicling the life cycle of a singular film collection through its exile, burial, rediscovery, and salvation - and through that collection, how a First Nation hunting camp was transformed and displaced. Written by the Producers

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Literally unearthed by archaeologists
11 March 2018 | by klausmingSee all my reviews

Frozen Time is a sophisticated documentary and an astonishing feat of film editing that combines still images and previously lost footage from the silent film era that was literally unearthed by archaeologists in Dawson City in 1978. Used as back-fill and buried for fifty years, over 500 reels of highly combustible nitrate film lay forgotten in an abandoned swimming pool, over which a hockey rink was constructed. Using clips from these restored films and newsreels, as well as early still images, Morrison retells the story of the 1890s Gold Rush and the history of Dawson City and its people within the context of world events (Klaus Ming December 2017).


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6 September 2018 (Netherlands) See more »

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Dawson, Yukon, Canada

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