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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Mark Bittner , Judy Irving , Judy Irving    G (General Audience)   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Quiet patience and an observant eye turn a seemingly unpromising subject into a rich and fascinating movie. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill captures the life of Mark Bittner, a gentle homeless musician who's befriended a flock of wild parrots in a neighborhood of San Francisco. Following Bittner, the
camera zooms in on individual parrots, revealing their individual personalities and the traits of their species. This leads to Bittner's own life, the network of friendships that support him, and the ways in which the parrots--a nonnative species--interact with both the natural ecosystem and the city government; just about every topic opens up another until a flock of colorful birds represents a microcosm of nature and society.

Filmmaker Judy Irving has created an exemplary documentary simply by paying attention to the details of the world around her subject.
Everything you expect from a Hollywood blockbuster--romance, violence, humor, sorrow, strong personalities in conflict--is here in spades, except that the heroes and heroines have bright red and green feathers. Utterly rewarding. --Bret Fetzer

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An "engrossing, delightful film" (The Washington Post), The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is the bonafide sleeper theatrical hit of the year. The film's endearing guide is Mark Bittner, an aging bohemian, but the supporting cast members, a rambunctious flock of urban parrots, are the true stars, and their surprisingly humanlike behavior makes for a wondrous and rare experience. The film follows the ups-and-downs of these wild birds within the green niches of San Francisco as Bittner befriends, feeds, and names the members of the flock. Along the way, we meet many unforgettable characters: among them Connor, the grouchy yet lovable outcast of the flock, crying for a mate but luckless in his pursuits, and "the lovers," Picasso and Sophie, inseparable until Sophie is forced into mourning when Picasso disappears. More than a mere birdwatcher, Bittner finds solace in his immersion with these strikingly beautiful creatures--but how will he cope when he's evicted from his sanctuary and forced to live away from the parrots? Packed with romance, comedy, and a surprise ending that "makes you feel like you could fly out of the theater" (San Jose Mercury News), The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill shows just how wondrously similar the human and animal worlds really can be.

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An "engrossing, delightful film" (The Washington Post), THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL is the bonafide sleeper theatrical hit of the year.

The film's endearing guide is Mark Bittner, an aging bohemian, but the supporting cast members, a rambunctious flock of urban parrots, are the true stars, and their surprisingly humanlike behavior makes for a wondrous and rare experience. The film follows the ups-and-downs of these wild birds within the green niches of San Francisco as Bittner befriends, feeds, and names the members of the flock. Along the way, we meet many unforgettable characters: among them Connor, the grouchy yet lovable outcast of the flock, crying for a mate but luckless in his pursuits, and "the lovers," Picasso and Sophie, inseparable until Sophie is forced into mourning when Picasso disappears. More than a mere birdwatcher, Bittner finds solace in his immersion with these strikingly beautiful creatures - but how will he cope when he's evicted from his sanctuary and forced to live away from the parrots?

Packed with romance, comedy and a surprise ending that "makes you feel like you could fly out of the theater" (San Jose Mercury News), THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL shows just how wondrously similar the human and animal worlds really can be.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed, I cried, I loved it Jan. 4 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The descriptions given by Amazon (above) are quite accurate so if you are interested in urban wildlife or birds and if those descriptions sparked your curiosity then you will like this documentary.
The story of Mark Bittner's life and the story of the birds are tightly woven together. He spent a lot of time observing and interacting with the birds and the filmmakers were able to show what he learned about the birds and their surprisingly distinctive personalities. There are extremely funny scenes and also some very touching, sad scenes as you learn about the individual birds and the flock's collective history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pieces of eight. Pieces of eight April 17 2012
By L. Power HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
There's more interesting wildlife in San Francisco than you might imagine.

I vividly remember going to this movie in San Francisco. About a week later walking about a block from the Embarcadero Cinema, I hear the tremendous squawking from the trees, and look up to see these parrots flying around a block away from where I saw them in the movie. A friend of mine saw the whole flock as he was driving down Columbus Avenue.

So, Wild Parrots is a great documentary where Mark Bittner has shown us the personalities of these different birds, and documented their trials, their dysfunctional love lives, and the dangerous lives they lead.

In this presentation of a great and compelling story,the birds become characters with distinct personalities, such as the musical Mingus, and one can feel a strong sense of wonder at how this movie came to be made. It's also a great love story and a transition for the main character, and I was truly impressed with the quality of this movie and have recommended it to numerous people.

If you love wildlife documentaries, I think you will definitely love this movie.

As in many movies about San Francisco, the city itself becomes a character in the movie.

I think you will enjoy it, and I hope this was helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Nov. 26 2013
By Marney
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Lovely story, well told, expertly produced. Kudo's to players, birds and humans, and kudo's to the producers. Well done! Thank you for telling this story and for telling it so well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Parots of Telegraph Hill--good family movie Jan. 6 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is one of my favourite movies. Good for all ages. All members of the family can watch this movie.
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