Here Herzog explores the life and death of environmentalist Timothy Treadwell, a grizzly bear expert who spent thirteen entire summers, completely unarmed, near the bears at Katmai National Park and Reserve in Alaska. He filmed his adventures in this cruel, wild environment. In October 2003, the remains of Treadwell and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard were discovered near their tent: they had been devoured by an adult of the species. It was the first time a bear had attacked people in the park. The film tries to delve into not only the mysteries of wild nature, but also those of the human soul. Herzog put the film together using Treadwell’s own video footage and interviews he conducted. —Thessaloniki International Film Festival
One of the most influential filmmakers in New German Cinema and one of the most extreme personalities in film, Werner Herzog quickly gained recognition not only for creating some of the most fantastic narratives in the Film history, but for pushing himself and his crew to absurd and unprecedented lengths, again and again, in order to achieve the effects he demanded. Born Werner Stipetic in Munich on September 5, 1942, Herzog came of age in Sachrang, Bavaria, amid extreme poverty and destitution. After Herzog turned seventeen, a German film producer optioned one of his screenplays, then promptly destroyed the contract when he discovered the author’s age. Circa 1962, 20-year-old Herzog enrolled in the University of Munich as a history and literature student, and produced his first motion picture, the twelve minute Herakles, his second short Game in the Sand, and his third, the pacifist tract The Unprecedented Defense of Fortress Deutschkreuz.In 1963, he established his own production… read more
Herzog took a very balanced approach to this, which I think the film really needed. Turning Treadwell into neither legend nor fool, Herzog just shows us a flawed but passionate human being.
What a story, what a character, what misfortune. I appreciated how Herzog provided different perspectives on how people reacted to Tim Treadwell's experiments in building bonds between man and wild nature. Lots of tragic irony at hand.
I was a child when I first heard the word "ironic", it was in a movie dialogue. - That's ironic. - You don't even know what it means! I was always scared to use that word in the wrong meaning, 'cause in a strange way I thought the actor was making fun of me. Later, I learned the meaning from Alanis Morisette, anyway... this movie was heart-breakingly ironic, and I'm sure I've used it properly this time.
Watching Grizzly Man was a sad experience for me. I have always found that nature itself is very cruel and that is something that I struggle with. I find it difficult to appreciate other human beings… read review