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Beautiful story of a woman and a vision.
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I spent some time in Shoshone, California and saw the sign “Death Valley Junction” pointing down 127 and always though that the name was great and I would love to visit. I then saw a documentary of the Manson Family called Inside the Manson Gang, and some of the gang were pulled over by the Shoshone sheriff right next to that sign and it again made me interested in that town.
Outstand documentary, beautiful photography and fascinating subject matter. Five Stars!
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my wife and I lived in California in the 1970s and often camped in the desert including Death Valley NM. we knew about Marta Becket, probably from the National Geographic article and made a point of going to Death Valley Junction. we were camping so did not stay in their hotel. but we did attend a performance on Saturday night. it was amazing.
I hope to be so fortunate as to meet this amazing woman
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I have been haunted by this movie, this woman’s life, and Death Valley since I saw it. Strongly drawn to this place. I will make a “pilgrimage” to the Opera House this winter. I hope to be so fortunate as to meet this amazing woman, Marta. I think I have watched this film 200 times. It just pulls at me, to the point of thinking about living down there somewhere. The cinematography and music are exquisite, the narration is moving, and the stories of Marta Becket’s life are heart-rending and honest. I actually couldn’t agree more with her assessment of animals vs humans. Right on, Marta. Love to you.
Charming movie about an interesting woman. Sadly I was …
Charming movie about an interesting woman. Sadly I was never able to see her perform. Those who did were lucky. Inspirational!
RIP Marta Beckett. A great great artist and trailblazer who didn’t mind going it alone.
Death Valley Dancer
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I disagree with the reviewers who criticize this movie’s “digressions” on ghosts, burros, and Marta’s relationships. I find the (controversial) ghost and burro sequences fascinating in themselves– they also help to convey Death Valley’s very special atmosphere. Similarly, the film’s exploration of Marta’s past, troubled relationships gives some background to her decision to move to the desert and her determination to stay true to her vision. Although the movie offers an essentially romantic perspective, Marta emerges as a human being with flaws, rather than an idealized icon, and to me, this makes her personal struggle and triumph all the more significant. In my opinion, this is a beautiful, unusual, and deeply moving film. It is a magical portrait of Death Valley and a tribute to the creative imagination. But perhaps it is not for everyone. If you love the desert in all its bitter, burning, and salty beauty, the vagaries of “the angel of the odd and the imp of the perverse,” and dreamers who follow strange and lonely paths, this film is for you.
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Excellent documentary! Marta Becket is a national treasure; this should be required viewing for all Americans. Anyone who has ever had a dream will be inspired by what she has done. It makes me want to weep to think that this will all soon be gone.