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Dawson City: Frozen Time

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. Discovered buried under the permafrost in a former Canadian Gold Rush town, their story conjures the forgotten ties between the fledgling film industry and Manifest Destiny in North America.
Duration: 120 min
Quality: HD
Release: 2016
IMDb: 7.5
Keywords:  #Bill Morrison #Bill Morrison #Bill O'Farrell #Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo #Dawson City: Frozen Time #Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016) #Kathy Jones-Gates #Michael Gates #Sam Kula
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New Yorker
June 15, 2017
In "Dawson City," Morrison offers a fiercely precise and discerning look at movies themselves as embodiments of history.
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November 09, 2017
Literally, history was scorched and the city of Dawson recovered it or used it as a foundation for the benefit of its population. "Dawson City: Frozen Time" is survival from historical custody. [Full review in Spanish]
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January 04, 2018
... celebrates the power of cinema as a time capsule and features clips of numerous films recovered in Dawson to help tell the story of the city and to illustrate the wonders of the world that cinema brought to the citizens in the 1910s and 1920s ...
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June 28, 2017
The true magic that "Dawson City" captures is, simply, the mystery of film itself: a medium that turned people into shadows that burned brighter than life.
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November 25, 2017
A found-footage experience akin to a Ken Burns documentary beamed through the Space Odyssey Star Gate
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The New Republic
June 09, 2017
The movie's aesthetic is uniquely beautiful.
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Pittsburgh City Paper
December 18, 2017
Dawson City: Frozen Time may be one of the more remarkable and transfixing films I've seen in a while.
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Chicago Reader
June 15, 2017
Bill Morrison, whose extraordinary documentary Decasia turned decomposing film stock into the stuff of avante-garde reverie, returns with another staggering journey into the past.
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Los Angeles Times
June 15, 2017
The thrilling documentary "Dawson City: Frozen Time" is indescribable not because it's ambiguous (it's totally straightforward) but because it does so many things so beautifully it is hard to know where to begin.
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Film Experience
November 02, 2017
Morrison has made the only fitting tribute I can possibly imagine and the irony is not lost on me that so many films had to be destroyed for it to even exist. Put simply, Dawson City: Frozen Time is a masterpiece.
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December 20, 2017
...an act of resurrection and transformation.
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San Francisco Chronicle
July 12, 2017
We come away with a contemplative suspicion that we're all participating in something, and even if we don't ever get to see the big picture, there probably is one and it might even make sense.
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