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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 resort and has since developed into a refuge for a community of oddballs. Written by
Anyone interested in the environment or the West should see this film
Plagues and Pleasures covers the saga of the Salton Sea's up and down history from just about every angle. Rarely does a doc do so well at this. From the crazy residents living nearby, to the get rich quick . . . maybe not, history of the place, to the continuing troubles with animal and fish populations and water greedheads from San Diego, the film gives more information than I imagined could exist about America's forgotten mega lake. A resident of the Southwest for much of my life, and the Mojave desert in particular, I was riveted the entire way through. You will laugh a lot- how many times does a Doc do that for you?- and if you have any kind of soul the downward trend of the Salton Sea will pull at your heart strings as well. It is a place that deserves to be saved from the disgusting fate of the Owens Valley, which was destroyed by the water lust of LA. Don't let this area be next. SEE THIS FILM- I CAN't RECOMMEND IT MORE!!!!
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