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Films on IceCinemas of the Arctic$
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Scott MacKenzie and Anna Westerstahl Stenport

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694174

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694174.001.0001

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California’s Yukon as Comic Space

California’s Yukon as Comic Space

Chapter:
(p.134) 9. California’s Yukon as Comic Space
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Films on Ice
Author(s):

Mark Sandberg

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694174.003.0010

Addressing location substitution in early silent comedies such as Mack Sennett’s Homemade Movies (1922) and Yukon Jake (1924) Buster Keaton’s The Frozen North (1922) and Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush (1925), along with examples of lesser known films, Mark Sandberg examines the ways in which Hollywood was able to build a simulacrum of the entire world, and the Arctic in particular, on its backlots. Sandberg delineates the claims for authenticity made by these films and the publicity machines that surrounded them, despite their artificiality. Based on extensive research at the Margaret Herrick Library, Sandberg also examines in detail para-material such scenarios, adverts, and Paramount Studios’ location map, to delineate how various world geographies were delineated across the map of California.

Keywords:   Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, silent cinema, Mack Sennett, The Gold Rush, Ben Turpin, The Frozen North, location substitution, Hollywood, Homemade Movies, Yukon Jake

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