Grizzly Man (2005) Directed and narrated by Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog (voiceover): What haunts me is that, in all the faces of all the bears that Treadwell ever filmed, I discover no kinship, no understanding, no mercy. I see only the overwhelming indifference of nature. To me, there is no such thing as a secret world of the bears and this blank stare speaks only of a half-bored interest in food. But for Timothy Treadwell, this bear was a friend, a savior.

2 Responses to “Grizzly Man (2005)”

  1. Herzog’s incomparable syntax while speaking English is an utter delight, and I completely agree with the use of his narration here. Of course Treadwell himself on the video segments said some pretty incredible things, and for some his demise wasn’t as acutely felt as you would think the horrific manner would have warranted.

    This remains one of the best documentary features of that amazing run from the beginning of the new millenium to the present, and all told one of the finest of Herzog’s storied career.

  2. Treadwell is a tough character because I think he was as equally fueled by ego as he was good intentions and he could be hard to watch at times. One thing that makes the doc so interesting though is Herzog’s attempt to understand this guy for all his flaws and to fit him into the context of Herzog’s own ideas about man and nature.

    Whether you agree or disagree with the subject or whether you agree or disagree with Herzog’s sometimes unconventional methods, there’s a lot to think about here and Herzog doesn’t hold you by the hand and give you the answers.

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