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Bombay Beach (2011)

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The rusting relic of a failed 1960s development boom, the Salton Sea is a barren Californian landscape often seen as a symbol of the failure of the American Dream. First-time director Alma Har'el revisits this poetically fruitful terrain in her distinctive documentary Bombay Beach, and finds there a motley cast including a bipolar seven-year-old, a lovelorn high school football star, and an octogenarian poet-prophet. Together they make up a triptych of American manhood in its decisive moments, populating the Salton Sea's land of thwarted opportunity. True to her roots as a photographer, video artist, and music video director, Har'el crafts here an adamantly atypical and artistically innovative film-a dreamlike poem that sets the personal stories of these distinctive yet familiar characters to a stylized amalgam of observational documentary and choreographed dance, with music by Beirut and Bob Dylan, all cast against the atmospheric scenery of the titular ghost town. The result is a moving and surreal documentary experience-an evocative, symbolic portrait of rural America and its inhabitants.


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: October 14th, 2011 (Limited)
Running Time: 80 minutes
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Keywords: Mental Illness, Football, Gangs, Homeless, Addiction, Dancing
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Countries: United States


Mike Parrish    Himself
Benny Parrish    Himself
Pamela Parrish    Herself
Cedric Thompson    Himself
Doran 'Red' Furgie    Himself

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Production and Technical Credits

Alma Har'el    Producer
Boaz Yakin    Producer
Alma Har'el    Cinematographer
Joe Lindquist    Editor
Alma Har'el    Editor
Zach Condon    Composer
Bob Dylan    Composer
Paula Present    Choreography
Dror Mohar    Supervising Sound Editor
Dror Mohar    Sound Designer
Rafael Marmor    Associate Producer

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