Wild By Law (1991)

LAWRENCE R. HOTT, DIANE GAREY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA/Canada, 1991.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Diane Garey, Lawrence R. Hott.  Music by .  Film Editing by Diane Garey.  

Beautifully shot documentary that takes a critical look at America’s relationship to its vanishing wilderness, past and present. narrates the history of the Wilderness Act of 1964, and the efforts of men such as Bob Marshall, Aldo Leopold (author of A Sand County Almanac) and Howard Zahniser, whose individual pioneering achievements in protecting America’s frontier led to the writing of the act. The mass industrialization of the twenties, followed by the economic boom of World War II and the prosperity of the fifties, had companies knocking down forests by the acre on a daily basis until the United States threatened to become a land without wildlife. These men, who began as pillagers of the land themselves, each came to the realization that humans need to start giving something back to nature in order for life to continue. Although only an hour long, this wonderful documentary tells a tale that hits hard and features inspiring, mesmerizing images.

Academy Awards 1991

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