Grizzly Man

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    I had little intention of ever watching this documentary. I'm a fan of Werner Herzog, but the story did not interest me at all. Anyway, I watched it on Discovery Channel tonight, and it was amazing, by far the most moving "nature documentary" I've ever seen.

    The story is about Timothy Treadwell, a man who, after fighting years of drug and alcohol addiction, made it his life's work to protect the bears and other wildlife living in a wildlife refuge in Alaska. While one can argue that they are already protected, we see that the animals are mostly ignored by the government, and being left to fend for themselves doesn't always work out. In addition, poaching is pretty rampant, and is ignored by park officials.

    For 13 years, Treadwell spends three to four months a year living among the bears on this wildlife refuge, becoming familiar with them to the point that he can pet them and hang out among them with no threat at all. That is, until 2003 when one of the bears attacked and killed Treadwell and his girlfriend.

    The documentary takes no stance in regard to Treadwell's actions. We are given many points of view on the death. Herzog himself comments that because of his own view of life in general, he feels that the only constant in life is chaos, and that Treadwell's death was inevitable. A helicopter pilot, the one who finds Treadwell's bones, comments that Treadwell got what he deserved and that the only tragedy was that he took his innocent girlfriend with him. Treadwell's supporters see his death as an unexplainable tragedy.

    Treadwell often had nothing more than a video camera as company for months, and so we see footage of Treadwell pouring his heart out, praying to God for rain when the bears' source of water dries up. Treadwell clearly seems to go insane, but even through this insanity, we see the love and passion he has for the animals he's protecting.

    Most of all, this is a film about passion, and giving up everything you have to stand up for what you believe in. The film does not try to offer any answers for Treadwell's tragic death, and, indeed, there are no answers.

    It's being re-shown on Discovery tomorrow at 8 PM, so I would recommend checking it out.
     
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    By the way, Werner Herzog, the director, deserves to really be commended for the fact that, despite the fact that there is audio tape of Treadwell's death, he refused to include it in the film, to the point that he threatened to walk away from the project if it was included. In the end, he listens to the audiotape, on headphones, then pleads with Treadwell's closest friend, the owner of the tape (who has never listened to it) to destroy the tape. This is one of the more moving scenes in the movie.
     
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    This guy was psychotic to say the least...even his deceased girlfriend noted this in her memoirs...and he caused her untimely death!
     
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    I watched it with the kind of attidude I had when I sat down to watch Fahrenheit 9/11. But I actually liked it. Kind of sad/tragic. Grizzlies aren't like Black Bears. Read Louis and Clark's Journals when they first happen upon one. Those things are just nasty.
     
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    I don't really understand what you mean here, could you elaborate a little?
     
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    That amateurs should stay the hell out of the forrest...this nutcase did far more harm to the bears than any good this movie tries to portray! First and foremost anyone with any logic,much less experience, does not try to climatize wildlife to not fear humans...Treadwells girlfriend had the concept down pat kept her distance,respect and fear...she only lost her life trying to save the idiot from his fate...she should have run like hell and lived her intended life...but she did have the guts to try and save the moron from his fate...this saddens me!
     
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    cooking up some dinner...Italian pasta et al...at any rate this dude is a little on the :gay: side by his body language and voice...wondering if he drove a Rx8....damn I truly wish his girlfriend saw the light before it was too late!
     
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    Yeah, he definitely did a lot of damage. Worst of all was watching those wild foxes following him around like domesticated dogs. Those animals are predatory by nature, and now that they've been domesticated, they'll have trouble adjusting to the wild.
     
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    He did acquire some amazing film during his time in the wilderness. That battle on the beach between the two giant grizzlies was incredible. I've never seen anything like it.

    But, I agree with the Indian they talked too in the movie. It's alright to observe the great beast and film them for alll the world to witness, but he wasn't professional. He crossed the line and attempted to befriend these creatures rather than simply watch. Plus, he was a bitch in some aspects. He talked so big like he was protecting these bears. Then, in one scene, some tourists show up and begin throwing rocks at the bear he is "protecting." Rather than go out and protect the bear, he hides in the bushes like a punk. Besides, he wasn't protecting the bears at all. He was in a national forests. The bears are already protected by the feds.

    He was delusional, and he ended up killing an innocent young woman and an innocent grizzly.
     
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    I thought it sucked. It painted all the people up here as raving lunatic poachers, who are killing off the Grizzly population..
    We live with the wildlife up here and respect it, not only for their beauty but because it can get you killed if you don't.
    They should of kicked his butt outta there, this film was made into another peta type commercial, by somebody from the east coast sticking their noses into another states business.
    We'll probably be hearing about another call for a boycott of Alaska from PETA because of this film... :mad:
     

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