In Treadwell, Herzog finds an archetypical hero; a man like Aguirre, Woyzeck or Kaspar Hauser driven mad by the modern world; lost into a fabled landscape disconnected from time; propelled along on a fated journey of self-destruction. Herzog's innate respect for Treadwell & refusal to condemn his actions ensure that the film works more as a found-footage variant on his usual themes & less as conventional documentary.
Timothy took his camera to the forrest because he wanted to show the bears from a gentler perspective yet all he did was reaffirm our beliefs of a merciless and unforgiving world. But his self-delusional and contradictory actions on video gave us a new perspective on humanity. And that made the whole journey worth it. So in the end, it wasn't the bears but the camera that gave meaning to his life & to his death.
i found this doc difficult to watch mostly due to the lack of understanding, maybe on my part, that this was not scientific research. it was just some dude doing something really scary and dangerous because he was probably nuts and other people believed in him.
La poetica del regista (natura meravigliosa quanto letale ed il desiderio di filmare l'infilmabile)è tutta quì.Minaccioso e simpatico,coinvolgente e commovente,mescola vari registri e raggiunge il suo apice nella magnifica scena di sottrazione in cui Herzog rifiuta di renderci partecipi di quell'incubo e ci toglie la visione.Il bello è che capisci sempre che c'è qualcosa che"trascende",non sai bene cos'è,ma ti piace.
Herzog's willingness to let the footage of Timothy Treadwell's many years living among bears in Alaska (before they killed him and his girlfriend) do the talking is commendable. This is ultimately a half-formed portrait of an unhinged, delusional white man with a hero complex (the subject of most of Herzog's films). The suggestion that the story tells us something deeper about ourselves though seems debatable..
3.5 There are contradictions in the film with Herzog's final argument. The music, the editing seem to justify Treadwell's behaviour, which I found not only dangerous but most of all very disrespectful and arrogant. How could he believe himself so entitled that he could understand and be equal to these animals? That point doesn't come across clearly enough, but the film is partly financed by these (delusional) people.
Herzog's obvious understanding of the subjects he chooses and the all encompassing view of the people involved that he provides, make him one of the best storytellers. He really gives you a sense of the world his subjects are living in. Treadwell was such an intensely interesting man to document not only because of his tragicly ironic ending but because of his fiery passion for protecting these incredible creatures
Werner Herzog: What remains is his footage. And while we watch the animals in their joys of being, in their grace and ferociousness, a thought becomes more and more clear. That it is not so much a look at wild nature, as it is an insight into ourselves, our nature. And that, for me, beyond his mission, gives meaning to his life and to his death.