German director Werner Herzog (Aguirre: The Wrath of God) has created something unique and unforgettable. His film is a document of the life of Timothy Treadwell, who lived for fourteen summers among the grizzly bears of Alaska until one of the creatures clawed him to death in 2003. Using remarkably vivid homemade movies that Treadwell, a struggling Aussie actor, made of himself with the bears, along with interviews of those who knew him, Herzog conducts his own expedition into knowing the unknowable — the true task of any filmmaker. Herzog makes it an art.
From The Archives Issue 387: January 20, 1983