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Dawson City: Frozen Time

Disutradarai oleh Bill Morrison
Amerika Serikat, 2016
  • Bahasa Inggris
  • Bahasa Inggris


Using archival footage to tell the story, 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 1978.

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A history lesson had never been so mesmerizing! This wondrous work of cinematic excavation by Bill Morrison is an archival odyssey into the abyss of capitalism. The documentary is an exquisite ode to the materiality of celluloid and a political and poetic act of resistance in the digital age.

Dawson City: Frozen Time Disutradarai oleh Bill Morrison
It’s nominally a documentary—it is a documentary—but describing it as a documentary is something like describing Ulysses as a travel guide to Dublin. The film is transfixing, an utterly singular compound of the bizarre, the richly informative, the thrilling, the horrifying, the goofy, the tragic, and the flat-out gorgeous.
August 07, 2018
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It’s about growth, loss, recovery, and destruction in several areas, all circling around Dawson City as their hub . . . Morrison, however, weaves information about a variety of other subjects together in a way that makes the passage of time palpable for us. We see its effects on people and places and discover the odd, fortuitous connections among them in a dizzying fashion. A complex film like this deserves an extended commentary, which I offer below.
November 07, 2017
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With its haunting score composed by Alex Somers, Dawson City: Frozen Time works like a fever dream – an assemblage of collective memories, of faces and places we didn’t know we shared. In the end, this is the timeless gift that cinema grants to all its faces – each frozen in time, each always within the scope of our gaze, from either inside the world that flickers on the screen at a film festival like MIFF, or far beyond.
September 20, 2017
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