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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

4 Ratings: 4.3
Comedy, Documentary, and Educational movie

Quiet patience and an observant eye turn a seemingly unpromising subject into a rich and fascinating movie.The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hillcaptures the life of Mark Bittner, a gentle homeless musician who's befriended a flock of wild parrots in a neighborhood … see full wiki

Cast: Mark Bittner
Genre: Educational, Comedy, Documentary
4 reviews about The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
review by . June 20, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Judy Irving's "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" is an interesting take on the nature documentary genre. It focuses on a group of parrots living in San Francisco. One of the most amazing things about the film is how it reveals the intimate relationships among parrots in a way not possible just observing parrots in the wild. The fights, romances, and frustrations of each parrot are clear and eerily similar to human relationships.     The film also encourages viewers to take more …
review by . March 17, 2008
An inherently interesting, funny and beautiful story told from a HIGHLY subjective point-of-view, THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL is a documentary for all ages, and would actually make an excellent introduction to the form for younger children. I say that, because I remember many years ago bringing home a documentary for my young daughter and her friends to watch (SPELLBOUND) and they were frankly puzzled as to what a documentary could be. (We've since cleared that up.)    WILD …
review by . February 24, 2008
Mark Bittner came to San Francisco in the 1970s with a dream of making it as a songwriter-musician. When that dream failed him he lived on the street, taking odd jobs and exploring Eastern religions.    While living on Telegraph Hill as a caretaker, he began to notice a growing flock of wild parrots in the area. His interest in the flock grew into a passion and he befriended the birds, naming and characterizing them in his field notes.     This passion led …
review by . July 21, 2006
I found this excellent film to be warm, funny, fascinating, and uplifting. Even though I live across the Bay from SF, I was unaware of the wild parrots until this film and the resulting publicity came out. For a big, sometimes impersonal city, I was thrilled to learn that someone like Mark Bittner could survive and live decently without working a traditional job, while caring for the birds and studying them. I was fascinated that he was so involved with the birds that he could tell them apart and …
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