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From the moment David Brower first laid eyes on the beauty of the Yosemite Valley, he wanted to the fight to preserve the American wilderness for future generations.

The story of a true American legend, Monumental documents the life of this outdoorsman, filmmaker and environmental crusader, whose fiery dedication and activism not only saved the Grand Canyon (among other accomplishments) but also transformed the Sierra Club into a powerful national political force, giving birth to the modern environmental movement.

Seen through Brower's own eyes - he was an accomplished filmmaker, and his stunning footage is included here-- a 1956 raft trip down Glen Canyon, before its damming, evokes the awful sadness of losing public land we've failed to protect. And in period footage of Brower's early rock-climbs (done in sneakers, with hemp ropes) and of his training in the 10th Mountain Division (who defeated the Nazis in the high Alps).

If you've ever wondered what a single person can do against the relentless onslaught of development, wait until you see the charismatic and enigmatic Brower push the 1964 Wilderness Act through Congress, and then go on to save the Grand Canyon from damming and help create Redwoods National Park and Point Reyes National Seashore. Brower emerges as an unlikely and inspiring national hero.

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Stylish and substantial enough to prompt even a couch potato to action, Kelly Duane's 'Monumental' delivers a stirring account of the life and times of Brower. --Variety

He has accomplished more through the force of one man's will than any of his breed since John Muir. --The Los Angeles Times

Mr. Brower was widely regarded as one of the most articulate and powerful conservationists of the 20th Century. --The New York Times

Special Features

  • Short films by David Brower: "Two Yosemites" & "Shiprock"
  • Interview with director Kelly Duane
  • Interview with former Secretary of Interior Stewart Udall
  • About the music of Monumental
  • Biographies
  • Trailer gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Floyd Dominy, Michael McClosky, Martin Litton, Jerry Mander, Kevin Starr
  • Directors: Kelly Duane
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A0GY1Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,909 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America" on IMDb

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Fisher on October 6, 2005
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Monumental is essential-- not only for those who value (and worry about) the beauty and vulnerability of the outdoors, but for anyone looking to spend some time with an inspiring story and some really first-rate documentary filmmaking. Seriously, don't miss this! (And check out the fantastic soundtrack as well!) I look forward to Duane's next move.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LJonath on November 18, 2005
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Gorgeous and insightful, Kelly Duane's film is as informative as it is beautiful. This astute profile of environmentalist David Brower takes us on a journey through a key juncture of the evolution of the environmental movement. Monumental is a very important film for everyone to see--especially for young people who care about the wilderness.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy Maniatis on October 4, 2005
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Moving beyond the political partisanship of today, Monumental is a fascinating documentary chronicling the birth of the modern environmental movement in America using David Brower's own footage. Duane creates a powerful portrait of why stewardship of the environment matters beyond today's soundbites, and chronicles the success of the early leaders at preservng some of the most important monuments in the West, as well as some that were inevitably lost. Anyone who has witnessed the beauty of Point Reyes and vast parts of the Sierra Nevada will recognize in this footage what was saved and what could easly have been lost. Totally inspiring! Great for students!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Weil on October 5, 2005
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We could all use a little environmental inspiration right now, and Kelly Duane's Monumental is so beautiful, so moving, so in touch with what's wonderful about the natural world it's almost impossible to imagine someone watching it without renewing his or her love for the earth. Duane had the brilliance to use Brower's original footage to show us how he saw the planet first-hand. Then she also had the vision and amazing taste to set that film to music that miraculously makes Brower's vision feel both cool and sublime.
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