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Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America (2004)

TV-G | | Documentary | 19 August 2004 (USA)
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From the moment David Brower first witnessed the extraordinary beauty of the Yosemite Valley, his life was tied to the fight to preserve the American wilds for future generations. Not since... See full summary »

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Kelly Duane

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Credited cast:
Phillip Berry Phillip Berry ... Himself
Barbara Brower Barbara Brower ... Herself
David Brower David Brower ... Himself
Michael Cohen Michael Cohen ... Himself
Floyd Dominy Floyd Dominy ... Himself
John Dyer John Dyer ... Himself
Polly Dyer Polly Dyer ... Herself
Martin Litton Martin Litton ... Himself
Jerry Mander Jerry Mander ... Himself
Michael McClosky Michael McClosky ... Himself
Roderick Nash Roderick Nash ... Himself
Kevin Starr Kevin Starr ... Himself
Stewart L. Udall Stewart L. Udall ... Himself
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From the moment David Brower first witnessed the extraordinary beauty of the Yosemite Valley, his life was tied to the fight to preserve the American wilds for future generations. Not since John Muir had an American fought so hard, or been more successful, in protecting our natural heritage. His fiery dedication and activism helped inspire the modern day environmental movement. Explored is the beautiful, dramatic, and lyrical story of Brower and his colleagues' unrelenting campaigns--fought through lobbying, art, and hard hitting advertising-to-protect and establish some our most treasured national parks. At the center of the film are the themes that absorbed Brewer throughout his life: the threatened beauty of the American earth, the spiritual connection between humans and the great outdoors, and the moral obligation to preserve what is left of the world's natural wonders. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Documentary

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TV-G
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Official Sites:

Loteria Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2004 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$842, 24 July 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$842, 24 July 2005
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Loteria Films See more »
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Color
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Canyon Ride
Performed by Beachwood Sparks
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An interesting look at the history of American conservation via its most prominent figure
26 January 2005 | by Lars-24See all my reviews

I found this movie quite interesting because, despite having considerable interest in conservation myself, I didn't know much about the history of the movement. Although the movie focuses specifically on David Brower, his actions play with or against the perspectives of the Sierra Club, the American government, various business interests, and the population at large, and one can trace the philosophical and political emergence of the movement as a whole. Brower himself seems to have led a fascinating life, and it's interesting to see how his experiences contributed to his convictions, while admiring his prodigious ability and insight. It's downright inspiring to see his confidence in an age when wilderness protection was not just unimportant, but undesirable. For me the most interesting parts were archival footage of films Brower and his opponents made which promote either conservation or development, but to a modern viewer more than anything express the tenor of the time which seems so different from our own. Also nice is the footage that is no longer possible to film: that of Glen Canyon, now submerged due to a compromise Brower made early in his career, which he never forgot and which shaped to a great extent where he went from there.


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