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February 06, 2006


robert terrell

it's such a great documentary. i believe you are right that it ultimately points out more of treadwell's need for the bears rather than their need for him. it was interesting to me that treadwell would constantly talk about his relationship with the bears yet every time he would try to interact or touch the bears they would respond with brief moments of aggression.


This is out on DVD here in the states, but my wife insists on renting other movies. I did get to see Born into Brothels, as a compromise.


Not seen too many brothel movies recently, but recommend this ;-)

I think Herzog's comment about seeing nothing in the eyes of the bears, no affection for Treadwell is really powerful, and quite shocking. I can't help thinking that there's something in this for us...

Dana Ames

It certainly spawned many a media commentary piece when it first came out here.

The Red Herring

Didn't you feel that Herzog's voice-over completely contradicted Treadwell's own perceptions of himself?

Did you notice the parable lurking under the surface about the contradictions between a romantic modernity (Treadwell) and a deconstructionist post-modernity (Herzog)?


Must admit, the Herzog wash was strange. But he's doubtless a fabulous story-teller. And that makes for a great documentary. In fact, on reflection, that is precisely the beauty of any good documentary: it tells a story that you engage with, argue with, are troubled by, are disturbed by. The film-maker presents their tale, and you are disturbed into having to wrestle with it.

Love the idea of the modernity/deconstrution axis too. Again, it's the poles that make the energy in good film pieces. And all the while the bears roam silently in the background, getting hungrier.


Is the need to create the same as the need to save?


I have heard that this documentary from Mr Herzog is a spoof? Is it? Would it make any difference to the parable lurking underneath?


Interesting idea David, not heard that. Certainly didn't view like a spoof, though Werner is an odd-ball.

"Is the need to create the same as the need to save?"
Fabulous question Damn. As usual.


I'd say there's some truth. But perhaps the need to create is the need to be saved? Do artists desire to 'leave their mark'? Do they create to sanctify, or create to be sanctified?

Sod this... worth a post, not just a comment.

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