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Werner Herzog United States, 2005

Duncan Gray's rating of the film Grizzly Man

One of Herzog's richest, most ironic subjects, as well as one of his more troubling treatments. It's not that his stance is condescending towards the eccentricity on display—on the contrary, Herzog seems to feel that madness is the closest a human being can come to ecstasy—but that, of all his documentaries I've seen, this is the one that least effectively dodges the charge of exploitation.