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Johnstown Flood Review


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Believe it or not, the Johnstown Flood, the worst flood in American history, which killed 2,209 people, has been the subject of three prior films. At least, there are three prior movies called The Johnstown Flood. One presumes this is what they're about.

In this 64-minute documentary/docudrama, Richard Dreyfuss narrates the events leading up to and following the 1889 Pennsylvania flood. There's not a lot of archival video of what happened, this being the dawn of cinema and all, so much of the imagery consists of archival photos and re-enactments of people in period dress reciting letters and memoirs of the witnesses. There's also lots of video footage of curious, anonymous, raging waters.

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