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The Grizzly Man Diaries

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Bear series is much tamer than Herzog docu.

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Though there's no doubt that Treadwell greatly expanded the world's understanding of grizzlies, his lack of formal research training and his unorthodox techniques made him a lightning rod for criticism. Many people warned him that his methods were risky and that his supposed relationship with the bears was one-sided. Sadly, these critiques proved true when Treadwell and his girlfriend were attacked and killed by his beloved bears in October 2003 (a fate that was explored in the documentary Grizzly Man).

But Treadwell's sad end is not the main focus of this series. Rather, it's comprised of his video footage, combined with still photos and diary excerpts. All of these present an amazing understanding of animal behavior; the images, often shot from just a few feet away, are truly incredible. Treadwell was a failed actor and recovering alcoholic, and studying bears and promoting bear conservation became his life's work. And in Grizzly Man Diaries, his words -- either narrating his films or from his diary -- show a man who seems most at home in the woods, alone with his bears.

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