Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea

Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea

DVD - 2007
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Fabulously offbeat and refreshingly upbeat, this lovable film gets friendly with the natives of the Salton Sea, an inland ocean of massive fish kills, rotting resorts, and 120 degree nights located just minutes from urban South California.
Publisher: [United States] : New Video : Docuramafilms, 2007.
ISBN: 9780767098472
Branch Call Number: 333.9164 PLA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 73 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Sep 30, 2017

This was an interesting documentary of a place I did not know existed.

Aug 20, 2016

Interesting but runs out of steam 45 minutes in. Also, John Waters is the creepiest man on earth; luckily, he's not in that much.

Jan 31, 2015

The Salton sea, in California’s Imperial Valley, was created over 100 years ago after heavy rains caused the Colorado river to overflow its banks and flood a low-lying area known as the Salton sink. Once touted as the “California Riviera”, it was a tourist mecca for those seeking to escape the urban sprawl of Los Angeles. Developers were quick to cash in on what seemed like a sure bet; subdivisions were planned, lots were sold and marinas were built. Unfortunately the bubble began to burst towards the end of the 50s due to a combination of poor planning and bureaucratic double-dealings. Today it is a large polluted saltwater lake surrounded by ramshackle towns populated by a host of colourful eccentrics and those with nowhere else to go. Despite some well-meaning efforts to restore the sea to its formerly pristine condition not much has changed in over 30 years. Mezler and Springer’s documentary is not as engaging as I had hoped. The interviewees are more than eager to get in front of the camera but we are left with a series of monologues that seem to go in circles while the sporadic narration contains none of the sardonic wit you’d expect from John Waters. The vintage newsreel footage and promotional videos were pretty funny though, but not enough to maintain my interest for long. Where is Errol Morris when you need him?

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