Gorillas in the Mist by Dian Fossey
The woman who gave her life to save the gorillas
This film is an adaptation of wildlife expert Dian Fossey's autobiography. As Fossey develops a bond with the animals, she also becomes wary of the poachers who prey on them. Fearing that the gorillas will go extinct if humans continue to hunt them, she Looking to feast your eyes on ' Gorillas in the Mist ' in the comfort of your own home? Discovering a streaming service to buy, rent, download, or view the Michael Apted-directed movie via subscription can be tricky, so we here at Moviefone want to do the heavy lifting.
Dian Fossey told the world how mountain gorillas live, and fought tooth and nail to save them. Her obsession may have led to her mysterious death. It is now 30 years to the day since the mysterious death of Dian Fossey, the primatologist who transformed the way we see gorillas. Before Fossey's work, gorillas had an appalling reputation as violent brutes that would kill a human on sight. Fossey demolished this myth. Living alongside a group of mountain gorillas in the forests of Rwanda, she showed that these huge apes are actually gentle giants, with individual personalities and rich social lives. In many ways they are like us.
It's possible that Michael Apted may be the greatest documentarian currently working although Errol Morris' followers might disagree. His Up Series stands as a cinematic hallmark - something that will probably never be equaled if only because of the amount of time required to do so. Apted, of course, has not solely spent his half-century of behind-the-camera experience toiling away on his mega-opus. Although not as adept with narrative productions as he is with those in the documentary realm, Apted possesses the competence with which to elevate a mediocre story into a better-than-mediocre final product. This is the case with Gorillas in the Mist.
People seem either to love or hate this picture, a moving and harrowing account of American Dian Fossey's year struggle first to study and then to save the dwindling population of mountain gorillas in central Africa. As most already know, Fossey's fight to protect the animals ended with her unsolved murder in , presumably by poachers. Fossey's life doesn't make a pretty story, and Sigourney Weaver, always at her best playing tough cookies, doesn't flinch from portraying Dian as an increasingly bitter bitch whose obsession with "her" primates made her unsympathetic and even cruel to human beings. Filmed on location in Rwanda, Gorillas In The Mist makes for magnificent viewing of jungle and mountains, while the gorillas themselves inspire wonder and emotion. Remarkably, a team of mime artists in gorilla costumes were apparently slipped in with the real animals, but it's impossible to spot which is which. After becoming familiar with the family groups and their fascinating ways, one can easily comprehend Fossey's growing mania. You'd have to be some cold fish not to share her anger or be upset by scenes in which baby gorillas are brutally captured and tormented before being sold to zoos, and the appalling depiction of gorillas killed and mutilated so their hands can be used as souvenir ashtrays.