The Frisco Historic Park & Museum presents the 1925 Charlie Chaplin film “The Gold Rush” in the Log Chapel on Friday, Jan. 10.
This screening celebrates not only Frisco’s gold-mining history, but also the town’s history of mining “white gold” — snow — with the 44th year of the Frisco Gold Rush. The Gold Rush also features 5K, 10K and 30K Nordic races at the Frisco Nordic Center and a celebratory bonfire, Spontaneous Combustion, and fireworks at the Frisco Bay Marina.
“The Gold Rush” is considered one of Chaplin’s greatest films, and perhaps even one of the best films of the silent age. Chaplin plays the role of a lone prospector intent on finding gold in Alaska. Hunger and harsh conditions give way to romance. A remarkable cast of characters, Chaplin’s imagination and comedic turns and the mastery of silent filmmaking making this a classic film experience.
“This film certainly illustrates the severe conditions and hardships faced by gold prospectors,” said Simone Belz, Frisco museum director. “And it is an incredible glimpse at the ability of silent filmmakers to tell a compelling story without the spoken word. I always marvel at how easy it is to become thoroughly involved and lost in this type of storytelling. The very successful 2011 film ‘The Artist’ certainly proved that silent filmmaking is not relegated to the past.”