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El Valley Centro (1999)

Employing natural sound and contemplative proscenium shots, Benning skillfully composes a series of pure and majestic images that at once evoke a sense of nostalgic splendor as well as ... See full summary »

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Employing natural sound and contemplative proscenium shots, Benning skillfully composes a series of pure and majestic images that at once evoke a sense of nostalgic splendor as well as deliver a subtle, yet penetrating, political commentary. Benning tells the story of how water irrigates this valley and how the produce is carted away in boxcars for the nation's consumption. He shows the lifestyle of a modest and growing rural community, whose concerns are often drowned out by the powerful railroads, oil companies and insurance conglomerates which own the farms and ranches and benefit from undocumented immigrant labor while insisting on imprisoning an American population of color. Written by Anonymous

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5 December 1999 (USA) See more »

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Great Central Valley, California See more »

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California, USA

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4 October 2000 | by ncouchSee all my reviews

A stunning albeit challenging achievement in film! You must retrain your "movie senses," but once you do, what an experience! This is not about life in the valley, but the life OF the valley. I would love to see other James Benning pictures, if I could only find them. His movies only play at festivals and obscure art houses and museums, as far as I can tell.


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