Cadillac Desert — 1. Mulhollands Dream (1 of 9)



Cadillac Desert
Water and the Transformation of Nature (1997)
An American four-part documentary series about water, money, politics, and the transformation of nature.
The film chronicles the growth of a large community in the western American desert. It brought abundance and the legacy of risk it has created in the United States and abroad.
The first three episodes are based on Marc Reisner’s book, Cadillac Desert (1986), that delves into the history of water use and misuse in the American West. It explores the triumph and disaster, heroism and intrigue, and the rivalries and bedfellows that dominate this little-known chapter of American history.
The final episode, is drawn from Sandra Postel’s book, Last Oasis, (1992) which examines the global impact of the technologies and policies that came out of America’s manipulation of water, demonstrating how they have created the need for conservation methods that will protect Earth’s water for the next century.

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This recording comes from old vhs tapes, and the quality is messed up in places. But, it is nearly impossible to find copies of the original series anymore. Just a single copy of the first episode is for sale on amazon, and the guy selling it wants $1000!! Or you can watch it here for free 🙂

Cadillac Desert — 1. Mulhollands Dream (1 of 9): 25 комментариев

  • 17.05.2010 в 19:23
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    you're awesome! I read the book cause i have a final on it in two days. I'm hoping the documentary will help me a little bit more with my test. Thank you for posting the video

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  • 21.09.2010 в 18:43
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    It really is something, the marvel of modern engineering, to lift entire rivers out of their beds and water what nature herself dries out.

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  • 26.11.2012 в 04:29
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    Surprisingly good documentary with information that will really make you think about where your water comes from.

    Watched this for a college Water course, but I'll recommend it to peers in other fields!

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  • 01.03.2013 в 11:37
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    **Five star documentary** Thank you so much jkoomjian for taking the time to painstakingly post this video series. I saw "Cadillac Desert" twice, many years ago when it was aired on PBS. I could not find the video on Netflix, and when I searched the Internet, I could only find used VHS tapes and new ones for about $400 for the entire four-tape series. I believe this is a must see for all California public school kids. Thanks again!

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  • 14.10.2013 в 09:43
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    you have to say "too" or "also" or "as well" that its super boring, not "to". Keep going to school and watching documentaries like this, maybe you will learn something someday.

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  • 14.10.2013 в 09:47
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    As somebody who grew up in L.A. visiting family who live in Owens Valley in the 1980s, this movie really expresses the animosity felt on both sides: spoiled LA folks who think the water would be going to waste otherwise (because they dont get out of the city and arent educated about history) and normal people who live in the Owens and feel that the water is theirs. When travelling through the 395 corridor dont mention youre from L.A. if you dont like people looking at you like youre a thief.

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  • 17.01.2014 в 23:30
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    Thank you for taking the time to post this. I contacted PBS years ago about putting this back on their website and never received a response

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  • 30.01.2014 в 02:42
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    And now- Gov Brown is attempting to repeat the Owens Valley disaster with the water in the California Delta….his "Peripheral Tunnel" boondoggle for Big Ag.

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  • 30.06.2014 в 02:06
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    The problem is numbers. Simple as that. All of these people complaining about LA and the people who live there are missing a very critical point.
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    Southern California HAD enough water for the population it had in 1960 or perhaps even 1970. Yes, droughts would occur from time to time, but it was manageable.
    In 1967, the Population of the United States crossed the 200 million mark. This ought to have sent a signal to the country. In 1967, the population of California was about 19 million. Today the population of California is pushing to 40 million. And counting illegals, it is certainly over 40 million.
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    Nearly all of this growth, at least 90 sometime percent of it is coming from immigration. That's the problem. It's the immigration policies of the U.S. Government and especially the 1965 Immigration Reform Act that has caused this problem.
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    If we had not had the 1965 IRA, the population of the United States (currently at 320 million) would have leveled off at about 275 and the population of California at about 25-28 million.
     That's the FN problem. All this crap about LA and Owens Valley, and the SF Delta is a diversion from what is the driving factor in this problem.

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  • 25.08.2014 в 07:35
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    False environments cause problems of sustainability — In 1945 the population of Los Angeles was under 400,000 — currently its over 11,000,000. The growth of the area is based on the success of delivering water and electricity. Its difficult today to expand the water and power because of environmental and political conflict.

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  • 13.03.2015 в 17:16
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    My sincere thanks to <jkoomjian> for the posting of this series.  Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert' was my constant companion from the late 1980s onward, as my central California greenhouse automation business evolved into irrigation conservation in the AZ desert.  This series (and Reisner's book) should be required reference for every schoolchild on the planet.  It's even more applicable today than it was in 1997. 

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  • 07.04.2015 в 19:45
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    Helloooo!!!!!! I saw this when it came out, living in California…and it has been an echo in my mind ever since. I moved to New Mexico 10 years ago, and how much more relevant it became, and, every day as I read the paper, and watch the news. All I can say is there is a big fight coming over water. States will be fighting each other. New Mexico is already going to the Supreme Court with Texas because Texas is pumping groundwater from New Mexico leaving the south eastern farmers dry. This is the future, folks! Look to the ruins of the Native Americans and why they did not have permanent cities. Chaco Culture National Historical Park is one. Visit Mesa Verde National Park is another. Water. Periods of drought caused these peoples to be Nomadic. We simply cannot sustain large populations in the West. We need a comprehensive Study and PLAN for the future!!! Which looks unlikely as we can't get our feuding political parties to sit down and agree on anything! A house divided will not stand.

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  • 14.04.2015 в 18:44
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    /sarcasm /cynical Video is mis-labeled; should be called: "Mulholland's Greed — The rape and pillage of Owen's Lake"

    Summary of California: Take, Take, Take. Consequences be *dammed*.

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  • 19.02.2016 в 12:30
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    Without condoning what they did to the Owens Valley, I have to say that the Los Angeles Aquaduct was an admirable achievement from an engineering standpoint. To think how far it goes by gravity alone, is impressive to me.

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  • 25.08.2017 в 21:37
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    along with "the day after trinity" one of my all time favorite movies

    every couple years i watch the whole thing again

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