As narrated by legendary counterculture filmmaker john waters, there was time when the salton sea, tucked into the southeast corner of. Once known as the california riviera, the salton sea is now considered one of americas worst ecological disasters. An offbeat environmental documentary about the people who have carved out their own slice of paradise on the shores of californias newest ecological disaster. The movie in my opinion is a study in the mechanisms of hope, hubris, folly, and illusion. Plagues and pleasures on the salton sea filed under. Plagues and pleasures on the salton sea penetrates the sadness and inertia of the local residents who still try to make their livelihood in and around this monumental manmade blemish, which was once a gem. 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 southern california. Plagues and pleasures on the salton sea popmatters. Renowned cult film director john waters narrates this quirky exploration of the salton sea, the. The actual sea, which is 35 miles long and 15 miles wide and was created by accident in californias imperial valley by a diversion of the colorado river, briefly flourished as a resort area from the 50s to the 70s until massive flooding and the seas. Since a large number of people bought land in the region solely as an investment, the small towns surrounding the salton sea have become an. Released september 19th, 2004, plagues and pleasures on the salton sea stars john waters the movie has a runtime of about 1 hr 26 min, and received a score of 72 out of 100 on metacritic. Caruso the salton sea 2016 film, starring jamie anne allman, was directed by veena sud. A brief history of the bizarre creation of californias salton sea.
Renowned cult film director john waters narrates this quirky exploration of the salton sea, the massive southern california lake that was created by accident a century ago, became a popular desert. Plagues and pleasures on the salton sea 2004 on imdb. Plagues and pleasures on the salton sea 2004 release. The salton sea is a lowlife black comedy drawing inspiration from memento, pulp fiction and those trendy british thrillers about drug lads. The viewer learns that the salton sea is not a natural body of water, but was created by out of an accident with river diversion channels. I recently watched plagues and pleasures on the salton sea at the 1st annual ellensburg film festival and i thought that the documentary was made with great success. Come meet the friendly residents of californias newest environmental disaster. Salton sea documentary feature film by greg bassenian. This film is enlightening, enchanting, and thought provoking, one i will watch over and over. Plagues and pleasures on the salton sea louis proyect.
Plagues and pleasures on the salton sea 2004 plagues. Jeff springer this film brings originality of presentation and humour to a very serious issue a chain of destructive events triggered by blind decision makers and developers. This documentary reveals the troubled history of salton sea, which was once the site of a wonderful resort in the california desert, but soon turned into a fetid, largely abandoned area. Narrated by john waters, plagues and pleasures on the salton sea, like much of waterss work. In fact, upon watching this film i recognized some of the dilapidated architecture from werner herzogs sciencefictiondocudrama the wild blue yonder, in which the ruins doubled as an abandoned town built by an alien civilization. Miracle in the desert tells the story of the salton seas creation to its current state. One audio commentary offers the filmmakers selfevaluation and a second track pairs two of the salton sea locals, norm niver and steve horvitz.
Kilmer plays danny parker, a speed freak who was once a talented horn player named tom van allen. John waters narrates offbeat documentary on an environmental. Plagues and pleasures on the salton sea 2004 stream. It is a 94 minute collection of uncut archival films from the era, as well a bunch of other short films, photos, funny stories and other weird stuff on the glory days of the salton sea. With sonny bono, john waters, norm niver, petre melvin. After a tragic incident, a man drifts into a world populated by thugs and speed junkies. Docuramas dvd of plagues and pleasures on the salton sea is presented in a colorful flat encoding. Plagues and pleasures on the salton sea by chris metzler. Rhetorical references notes human communication therefore is a symbolic action because we draw upon language and other symbols to construct a framework for understanding and valuing and to bring the wider world to others attention. The salton sea is a moody, dark thriller starring val kilmer as a speed freak with a secret, who gets involved with a nasty hillbilly gangster with no nose, two crooked cops and the fbi.131 49 1292 331 496 13 1103 1090 1074 1112 706 673 1047 924 247 1379 640 99 212 132 392 893 1116 195 16 1163 1006 1326 152 162 545 402 1148 902 1313 291 837 230 494 79 1103 726