Sunday, January 08, 2006

Grizzly Man

Grizzly Man is a documentary by Werner Herzog, about Tim Treadwell, who lived among grizzly bears in Alaska for 13 seasons. Most of the footage is from Treadwell's cameras, film taken right up to the day before he was killed. There is audio from the actual attack that killed Treadwell and his companion Amy Hugenard, but Herzog thought it was too gruesome to put in the film. Treadwell was attacked by an old bear that had not gone into hibernation, and was desperate and hungry. More bodies were found in the bear. Wild animals act on instinct and survival. Though Treadwell could live among them in their season, when food was plentiful and the bears were happy, he ran across a hungry bear and therein lies the danger. This is an excellent documentary, Herzog tells the story through Treadwells films and interviews with friends and associates.

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