Tuesday, April 17, 2012

History in the Movies Chaplin Style

Roger Ebert points out that today, April 16 is Charlie Chaplin's birthday. In his journal you can see the complete Gold Rush made in 1925 by Chaplin where he recreates the famous photo of the Chilkoot Pass - nicknamed "the meanest 32 miles in the world" during the Yukon gold rush of 1896 to 1898 (the famous 'scenic' shots are within the first 3 minutes of the movie so you don't have to watch the whole thing, though I'm about to).

The Chilkoot Pass included "The Golden Stairs" - 1,500 stairs carved into the ice that could take as long as 6 hours to climb. You can see more about the Chilkoot Pass and the other gold rush trails at this postal museum site and here at the Parks Canada Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site of Canada.

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