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Amargosa (2000)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 16 April 2000 (USA)
The inspirational story of Marta Becket: 76-yr old singer, writer, dancer, painter, visionary, and her creation Amargosa.




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Credited cast:
... Himself
Marta Becket ... Herself
... Himself
Omar Felix ... Himself
Paul Lyday ... Himself
... Narrator (voice)
Tom Willett ... Himself


Amargosa is the story of reclusive artist and dancer, Marta Becket. Living in the remote ghost town of Death Valley Junction, California and performing in her hand-painted opera house, Marta struggles to exorcise her demons while embracing the rapture of the creative moment by immersing herself in it. Written by <ssfilm@earthlink.net>

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The soundtrack was provided by indie-singer/songwriter, Amy Cook. Director Todd Robinson discovered her when he entered the kitchen on location one morning and heard Amy's demo CD playing on production assistant's stereo. The production assistant, Leah Bathe, is a good friend of Amy Cook. See more »

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Good documentary
22 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

I probably would not have checked this movie out had I not stumbled upon the Amargosa Opera House near Death Valley a few years ago.

I'm glad I did as the artist's story was compelling and quite touching. The film went into directions that were unexpected, and not specifically related to her art--like the ghosts of the old hotel and Marta Becket's love of animals. These diversions made the film more engrossing, although those who felt Marta was too self-absorbed probably gave up on the film long before these segments. A documentary is only as good as its subject and this one is fortunate to have someone who I found to be fascinating.

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