9781844576401

The Gold Rush

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  • ISBN13:

    9781844576401

  • ISBN10:

    184457640X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-05-29
  • Publisher: British Film Inst

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Summary

One of the biggest hits of the silent era, The Gold Rush (1925) was famously described by Charlie Chaplin – the star, writer and director of the film – as 'the picture I want to be remembered by'. Enjoying popular and critical success not once but twice, the film was given a new lease of life with sound in 1942 after Chaplin added his own narration and music.

Matthew Solomon provides an in-depth discussion of the film's genesis within the Northern genre, its production and reception history, and its subsequent canonisation. Considering both unauthorised and authorised versions of the film, he places them in the context of the turn-of-the-century Alaska Klondike Gold Rush and analyses their narrative and formal features. In tracing the
stories of these multiple versions, Solomon shows how The Gold Rush problematises commonly accepted ideas about the singularity, authenticity and originality of an individual film.

Author Biography

Matthew Solomon Associate Professor of Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan, USA. He is the author of Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century (2010) and editor of Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination: Georges Méliès's Trip to the Moon (2011).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1. A Film in Flux
2. An Unstable Text
3. The Total Film-Maker
4. Origins and Originality
5. The Work of the Artist and His Lawyers in an Age of Technological Reproducibility
6. 'The Lucky Strike'
7. A Northern Comedy
8. Historical Referents
9. Making by Halves; Two Premieres
10. Revising and Reviving
11. Second-Best Ever
12. Un/Authorised Versions
13. Memorable Sequences
14. Outtakes, Parallel Takes and a Triple Take
Notes
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