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Dawson City: Frozen Time

  • Directed by Bill Morrison
  • United States, 2016, 120 mins., English

Like his elegant Decasia (2002) and The Great Flood (2012), Dawson City is a hypnotic mashup of narrative cinema filtered through Bill Morrison’s fascination with the history of decomposing nitrate celluloid. Fashioned mainly from a cache of old films found frozen and forgotten in the once booming gold-rust outpost in the Yukon, the story of the town and cinema history unfold through Morrison’s collage of otherworldly images. Set to a haunting score by Sigur Rós’s Alex Somers, we visit a time and place available only through an artist’s vision and the quirk of film distribution routes that dead-ended in Dawson. “In addition to being filled with as many twists and turns as a first-rate suspense thriller, Dawson City is packed with near-metaphysical intimations, both awe-inspiring and humbling… an instantaneously recognizable masterpiece.”—Glen Kenny, The New York Times.

Genres: Documentary

Other Films by Bill Morrison

The Great Flood

THE GREAT FLOOD is a film-music collaboration inspired by the catastrophic Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and the ensuing transformation of American society. A pivotal event that set off massive migration, the flood fueled the evolution of acoustic blues to electric blues bands that thrived in cities like Chicago and Detroit, which in turn became