Motion Pictures

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Below is a list of motion pictures and videos made in the area.

The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)

Hardcore (1969)

Walter De Maria directed and appeared in a 29 minute film shot on the Black Rock Desert. De Maria later created The Lightening Field in New Mexico. Michael Heizer also appeared in the film.

  • Museum of Modern Art
  • UC Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive has a copy
  • Pacific Film Archive Dilexi Series Handout
    • "HARDCORE, broadcast: 7/30/69 by Walter De Maria This durational work splices slow pans of a dry lake bed together to heighten landscape imagery, shifting light and the use of horizon . The sensual treatment is bracketed by a western motif that culminates in a six-gun shoot-out. Finally, a fixed shot of a young asian girl grounds the theme of the film, suggesting that the conquering of the West has been extended to other shores. Photographed by Blair Stapp. Music composed by De Maria. 27:56 Color 16mm""

National Geographic Specials: The Haunted West (1973)

Far From Home (1989)

Movies and Videos about Burning Man

Motion Pictures not actually Filmed in the Black Rock Desert Area

Below are motion pictures that are sometimes said to be filmed in the Black Rock Desert Area or were filmed nearby.

The Iron Horse (1924)

  • IMDB. Filmed at Dodge Flat, Wadsworth.

Destination Gobi (1953)

  • IMDB. Filmed at Fallon and Nixon.
  • A.J. Liebling, "The Mustang Hunters," The New Yorker, April 3, 1954 and April 10, 1954. Description of Bill Garaventa seeing a camel from the air during the filming.

Bad Day At Black Rock (1955)

Not filmed on the Black Rock Desert, but actually filmed near Lone Pine, CA.

The Misfits (1961)

Not filmed on the Black Rock Desert, but actually filmed near Dayton, NV and Pyramid Lake.

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

IMDB states that the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever was filmed at the Black Rock Desert However, there is no other evidence of this?

The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story (1994)

A 1994 made for TV film about the how Stolpa Family was stuck for 8 days on Highway 8A near Vya. IMDB says it was filmed in British Columbia.

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