- Actors: Alfre Woodard, David Brower, Floyd Dominy, Barry Goldwater, Robert Towne
- Directors: Jon Else, Linda Harrar
- Writers: Jon Else, Marc Reisner, Sandra Postel
- Producers: Jon Else, Linda Harrar, Dan McCann, Jonathan Halperin, Jonathan T. Taplin
- Format: Color, NTSC
- Language: English
- Rated: NR (Not Rated)
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Homevision / KTEH / PBS / Columbia
- VHS Release Date: June 16, 2000
- Run Time: 55 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 078001930X
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,826 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Cadillac Desert: Water and the Transformation of Nature, Vol. 4 - Last Oasis [VHS]
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Gives a concise history of water resource development in the west. Describes how water projects became epitome of what we know as pork barrel politics.
This series is based on a book of the same name by Mark Reisner. The film is a good synopsis of the book but for any one who enjoys the film I strongly suggest also reading the book. The book covers so much more information and gives many more startling examples.
For any one in the buisness of natural resource conservation or preservation I would suggest this documentary and the book as required materials.
For anyone in the agriculture buisness I would suggest the film as required and urge you to read the book if interested in the topic.
I grew up on a family farm and have since moved in to the field of fisheries biology. I have seen how difficult it is for small farmers to survive, I have also seen how most of our native fishes are failing to survive. Both of these tragedies result, in part, from large agribuisness which is a direct product of the large federal projects you will see in this documentary.
Buy it, and enjoy learning. Knowledge is power!
Having said that, this video series is a fine companion, and shows a lot that just can't be illustrated in the book. Among the real treasures is footage of the profoundly beautiful Glen Canyon before it was flooded, and footage of a dam burst in action. And after reading about the larger-than-life Floyd Dominy, it's an absurd hoot to hear him declare in an interview, "Those Indians treated me with more reverance than the Buddha!"
The first three volumes follow much of what Reisner explored in the book, and he is an enthusiastic, wise presence in many video snippets. The fourth volume focuses more on worldwide water issues, and is based on a different book, "Last Oasis".
I also finally watched the movie Chinatown, which wasn't very historically accurate, and seemed to be less about water policy than about twisted family history. But screenwriter Robert Townsend weighs in with some compelling commentary in this video series.
Based upon the late Marc Reisner's book of the same name.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Haven't seen the series but just read the amazing book. Please, please release this on DVD!Published 5 months ago by Angel La Canfora
After searching for years for a copy of this set of video tapes, I found a copy listed on Amazon.
Although the book is still in print, the tape was discontinued years ago. Read more
This is a joke, right? $300 for a 10 year old miniseries? Which is free on You Tube? Read the book.Published 14 months ago by jlk
If it comes out on dvd - I will definitely purchase. I appreciate this production as much as any 5-Star raters judge it.Published on January 2, 2014 by Dusty Roads