As­ton­ish­ing leap into the long ago

Los Angeles Times - - AT THE MOVIES - — Ken­neth Tu­ran

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful week at the Nuart, the one-of-a-kind doc “Daw­son Creek: Frozen Time,” a com­plete as­ton­ish­ment from be­gin­ning to end, moves to the Re­gent in West­wood on Fri­day and ex­pands to the Laemmle Mon­ica Film Cen­ter, Santa Mon­ica, and the Vin­tage Los Feliz 3, with week­end screen­ings at the Laemmle Play­house 7, Pasadena. See it now on the big screen or for­ever re­gret it. An aes­thetic knock­out that’s crammed with wild tales, amaz­ing facts and un­con­ven­tional per­son­al­i­ties; a doc that’s also a de­tec­tive story, a history of a par­tic­u­lar place that turns into an ex­am­i­na­tion of an art form as well as a gloss on the po­lit­i­cal history of the 20th cen­tury; this Bill Mor­ri­son-di­rected epic uses stun­ning images from a cel­e­brated cache of silent films to tell the story of the Klondike gold rush town in the most en­tranc­ing way. If you love film, if you’re in­tox­i­cated by the way movies com­bine im­age and emo­tion, be pre­pared to swoon.

Kino Lorber

“DAW­SON CITY” in­cor­po­rates images from a silent film cache found in Yukon.

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