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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 Southern California. This award-winning film from directors Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer details the rise and fall of the Salton Sea, from its heyday as the California Riviera where boaters and Beach Boys mingled in paradise to its present state of decaying, forgotten ecological disaster. From wonderland to wasteland, PLAGUES & PLEASURES ON THE SALTON SEA captures a place far more interesting than the shopping malls and parking lots of suburban America, a wacky world where a beer-swilling Hungarian Revolutionary, a geriatric nudist, and a religious zealot building a monument to God all find solace and community.
Crisply and hilariously narrated by oddball auteur John Waters, and featuring music by desert lounge rockers Friends of Deans Martinez, PLAGUES & PLEASURES ON THE SALTON SEA melds high camp with stark realism, offering both a sobering message about the consequences of tampering with nature and a heart-warming tale of individualism.
I have watched the film so many times I am embarrassed to say.
It gives a brief history of the Salton Sea & it shows how (like many places) people can love or despise an area, depending on their perspective.
My daughter, a close friend and I made a "pit stop" at the Ski Inn in Bombay Beach on our pilgrimage to Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain.
I became so interested in The Salton Sea, that I wanted to see this DVD. What an interesting story of a place that used to be similar to Palm Springs. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Patsy Hood
A revealing look at a botched engineering project attempting to bring water to a place that could not afford the problems it created. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jim F.
It was interesting and quite informative. Makes me want to visit Bombay Beach. I do recommend it for others to view.
Intetesting documentary style movie, old footage and current interviews of those in the small settlements along the shoreline.
This is well worth owning. It is a piece of American history that very few of us have ever heard about. Read morePublished 13 months ago by 3rdtimer
Best of its type I have ever seen. The music, the production value, and the residents male this informative and likable film a favorite. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joe
And I've never once visited the Salton Sea. Just studying a map one day piqued my interest in this man-made lake as in "Why haven't I heard about it before" ... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Spencer MacKenzie
I had never heard of the Salton Sea before I had seen this movie on TV. A unique documentary filled with interesting interviews of the inhabitants. I just had to own the DVD..Published 13 months ago by flying squid