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Movie Details

Title:   Grizzly Man
Director:   Werner Herzog
Year:   2005
Genre:   Documentary
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   10.12.05

Other Movies Seen By This Director (14)
- Aguirre: The Wrath of God
- The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
- Cave of Forgotten Dreams
- Fitzcarraldo
- Into the Abyss
- Into the Inferno
- Lessons in Darkness
- Little Dieter Needs to Fly
- My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski
- Nosferatu
- Rescue Dawn
- Wheel of Time
- The White Diamond
- The Wild Blue Yonder

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
10.12.05Alamo Downtown A documentary about Timothy Treadwell, who spent 13 summers in Alaska living among Grizzly bears then... got eaten by one.

This is really a top-notch documentary that Herzog creates from 100 hours of treadwell's footage. Most of the time, Treadwell was all alone, shooting himself and creating a sort of naturalist superhero persona for himself when in reality he was camping on a national park where these bears were really in no danger whatsoever. The man was pretty clearly unstable and needed to be on the medication that he stopped taking, but Herzog manages to create a real portrait of innocent (misguided) passion that gives this guy a mission in life. Instead of jesus, Tim found bears. The film is alternately funny, beautiful, sad, and meditative (but never as indulgent as Wild Blue Yonder). You want to laugh at this guy as well as feel sorry for him, and find yourself with really mixed emotions regarding his death.

One of the things I really liked about this documentary is that a lot of the personal interviews that Herzog conducts with Treadwell's friends and family feel VERY stagey and rehearsed, like each subject wanted to come off as interesting and cinematic as possible, but after Werner's questions end, there's a specific moment where each person lets down their guard, as if thinking "and cut" in their head and just standing there naked until the film finally cuts. It makes for a really interesting viewing experience to get these glimpses of realness coupled with Herzog's poetic abstract ramblings coming through in his unique voice. This is a really great movie.
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