The Californians (1984)

Genres - History  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In this documentary on California, director Alexander von Wetter does not take his view of the history and inhabitants of the state into unexplored territory but stays within the bounds of a conventional and quite elementary coverage of the early Spaniards, the Gold Rush, and other commonly-known historical events. Von Wetter offsets the historical scenes with views of modern California and its often eccentric citizens. Some relief to the simplistic tale is provided by stand-up comedian Paul Rodrigu├ęz; other performers do not fare as well.