Saturday, September 03, 2016

Werner Herzog: 'Grizzly Man' (2005)

It took me ten years to see Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man (2005) for the first time; by now I've seen it twice. Didn't like the idea of the main guy and his last girlfriend being eaten by a bear. But it's an excellent documentary, with Herzog shaping Timothy (Dexter) Treadwell's field footage, expanding on it with new material, and providing narration. 

Treadwell, after surviving near death by alcohol ingestion and heroin intake, found a new path in life by camping part of each of his last thirteen years among grizzly bears and foxes in Katmai National Park and Preserve, a massive expanse located at the base of the Alaska Peninsula, which points at the Aleutians. This is a volcanic region, worth noting since Into the Inferno (2016), one of Herzog's upcoming films, focuses on volcanoes. 

Treadwell's thirteenth year, culminating in a last-minute late season stint inside the Grizzly Maze, was not a charm.
A nod to Grizzly Man appears on the promotional postcard for "An Evening with Werner Herzog, August 31, Winspear Opera House / AT&T Performing Arts Center," Dallas, Texas, USA, where I was so happy to hear Herzog speak. On the card, it appears as if a grizzly is sneaking up on him, as in a dream.  

Today's Rune: Defense. 


the walking man said...

Oops! one should know the feeding patterns of them that can eat you. What does a normal Grizz weigh in the fall before hibernation? Half a ton? A wise camper would never go into their territory when the final push is on to feed--they will eat anything to get the fat reserves up.

I think I will try to find this film. It sounds like it should rank right up there with Into the Wild and Backcountry.

Charles Gramlich said...

Yeah, I should see it too. I've heard interesting things about the whole story but don't know it well. I did see Into the wild, which I was expecting not to like but ended up enjoying.

Erik Donald France said...

Walking Man, yes! And Charles, another yes !