Dawson City: Frozen Time (Blu-ray)

Directed by Bill Morrison

Release Year: 2017
Running Time: 120
UPC: 7 38329 22547 6
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Country: U.S.
Language: Engish
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Directed by Bill Morrison
Writer Bill Morrison
Editor Bill Morrison
Cinematographer Bill Morrison
Produced by Madeleine Molyneaux and Bill Morrison
Composed by Alex Somers
Sound John Somers

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.


Blu-ray Extras Include:

Special Features:
*Interview with filmmaker Bill Morrison
*Postscript
*Trailer

PLUS SELECTIONS FROM THE DAWSON CITY FILM FIND:
*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, 1910

"Critic's Pick! An instantaneously recognizable masterpiece."

"Wondrous, almost indescribable. A complete astonishment from beginning to end."

"Critic's Pick! An orgy for film geeks and history jonesers."

"Bill Morrison's Dawson City: Frozen Time is the best new movie in town and the best movie of the year thus far."

"A bona fide adventure through history, hopscotching across the turn of the 19th century."

"Astonishing. A testament to the potential of art to weather and endure the ravages of time."

"Morrison’s movies feel like half-remembered reveries formed from memories you can no longer consciously recall. Hovering at the intersection of reappropriation, preservation, history, music, and art, any one of his works will haunt you for the rest of your life. Dawson City: Frozen Time is no exception."

"Four stars! A ghost story like you’ve never seen. Riveting, thoughtful and very emotional."

  • Best Documentary – Boston Society of Film Critics

  • Most Innovative Documentary – Critics' Choice Documentary Awards

  • Best Editing – International Documentary Association

  • On over 75 lists of the best films of 2017, including: New York Times, New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Film Comment, Slate, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Chicago Reader, Indiewire, RogerEbert.com, Rotten Tomatoes, POV Magazine, and Slant!


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