This film with the way the lives of people who came and left Dawson City had their lives intersect more than earns its beautifully constructed narrative frame.
It is also a story of awe-inspiring discovery and restoration, how film connects people to the world, how many cinematic pioneers were shortsighted in terms of the impact their art would make, amongst other things.
Often you’ll hear the estimate of how many silent, silver nitrate stock films were lost— 70% is the most cited estimate. Decontextualized from the story of how it’s hard to imagine.
This film is moving in many ways but as a cinephile one of the most poignant is in the triumph and tragedy of destruction and salvation of films.
PS: Film Discovery (as tagged below) is a relative term. I’ve had this movie on my To Be Watched pile for a while and I knew of it upon release. I just hadn’t watched it until now.