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Forgotten Tragedy: The Story of the St. Francis Dam (2018)

Forgotten Tragedy: The Story of the St. Francis Dam tells the tale of the largest man-made disaster of the 20th century. This tragedy has now been largely lost to history. This movie is a ... See full summary »

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Jesse Cash

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Jesse Cash
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Keith Buttelman Keith Buttelman ... Self (archive footage)
Ann Stansell Ann Stansell ... Self (as Anne Stansell)
Jesse Cash Jesse Cash ... Narrator, William Mulholland (voice)
Matt Rickett Matt Rickett
Michelle Hernandez Michelle Hernandez ... Lillie Ferguson
Mike Corralejo Mike Corralejo ... Self (archive footage)
Isaiah Echeverria Isaiah Echeverria
Leon Worden Leon Worden ... Self (archive footage)
Hetta Laurena Carter Hetta Laurena Carter ... Self (archive footage)
Karey Trader Karey Trader ... Daisy Orton
Jordan Tulak Jordan Tulak ... H L Tate
Henry Ivan Dorset Henry Ivan Dorset ... Self (archive footage)
Sherry Barsoum Sherry Barsoum ... Catherine Mulholland (voice)
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Forgotten Tragedy: The Story of the St. Francis Dam tells the tale of the largest man-made disaster of the 20th century. This tragedy has now been largely lost to history. This movie is a journey through the early history of Los Angeles and the city's water needs. This ever growing demand led to larger and larger projects, and eventually to tragedy. The film discusses the history of the tragedy, the roll of William Mulholland in the disaster and the city's water development, and how the lessons of the tragedy reflect on our current infrastructure needs today. Written by Jesse Cash

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The collapse of the St Francis Dam caused the second greatest loss of life of any event in California history. Only the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire caused more fatalities. See more »

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Fascinating information, poor delivery
20 January 2020 | by nylorijSee all my reviews

I had never heard about this story before and was anxious to learn about it. While the story is compelling, the delivery is terrible. While Ken Burns' documentaries are narrated in story-telling fashion, the narration in this story is told like he is late for some previously-scheduled appointment. His rushed delivery often results in poor enunciation. It's very distracting. Similar to Ken Burns' documentaries, excerpts from letters are read by other voice actors; however, this narrator reads the lines of Mulholland (the designer of the the St. Francis Dam) himself in a gruff voice and sounds a little ridiculous. Admittedly, Ken Burns' documentaries are a pretty high benchmark as documentaries go; but if I were an aspiring documentarian, I'd watch 1 or 2.


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USA

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English

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30 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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$14,500 (estimated)
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