Alone in the Wilderness

Alone in the Wilderness

DVD - 2003
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Richard Proenneke lived the dream of building a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness near Twin Lakes, and stayed to become a part of the country. This is the simple account of the day-to-day explorations and activities he carried out alone, and the constant chain of nature's events that kept him company.
Publisher: Fort Collins, Colo. : Bob Swerer Productions, c2003
Branch Call Number: 917.984 ALONE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in

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tofuart
Apr 19, 2017

I love this documentary and have seen it multiple times. This DVD is a later release where they added a soundtrack and placed in some nature footage of different animals.
It still is worth seeing, but I prefer the original more “raw” footage that they ran many times on PBS. If this is the only version you can see, watch it. But this updated and touched up version was unnecessary — the original was fine.

Green_Bird_203 Jun 15, 2015

Great man!

AladarNyc Apr 03, 2015

Awesome! I think it's an important documentary for today's kids to see what someone can accomplish with their bare hands and skill. His discipline and work ethic are good lessons too. Amazing.

kevfarley Nov 26, 2013

Saw this twice,.. back-to-back. Loved it !

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gohuskies1
Oct 27, 2013

Incredible. Amazing. You have to watch this at least once. We watch it whenever it comes on PBS (which is often here in the northwest.) Dick wasn't seeking fame, but has inspired many. Thank you to the Proenneke family for sharing Dick with the world. Check it out.

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Monolith
Feb 24, 2013

The man was incredible. Absolutely astonishing. Like a machine. Determination; discipline; resolve... And what a craftsman! "I... whittled myself a spatula in eleven minutes... Not bad..." He doesn't touch on loneliness, though, just the surrounding beauty. No one to talk to, save the delivery guy every six months or so, for thirty years ('68 - '98, I believe). 30 YEARS!! Even those incarcerated in isolation have the "screws"! No TV; no radio; no phone; no pool (well, a river); no pets (caribou, wolverines, etc.) And how much fish can one eat? I mean, really!?! Mind-blowing. There's something to be said for escaping the rat-race for a simpler life, though. I cannot begin to express my admiration and envy for this rare individual's ingenuity and strength, inside and out. FIVE STARS.

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sonicsuki
Jan 06, 2013

My 5 year old son and I just watched this together and we were absolutely delighted! He was enthralled watching Dick build all his own things. We just read finished reading the first 4 Laura Ingles Wilder books so he was really interested in watching Dick build some of the things Laura describe Pa making. After watching this film he went out to our garage and started to saw scrap lumber and build his own "house," 5 year old style. I would recommend it to anyone!

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re_discover
Dec 16, 2012

An ok movie, but missing some information about who Dick was, why he was determined to live in the wilderness, how he became such a skilled builder, scavenger, etc.

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noirange
Nov 25, 2012

I checked this out for the umpteenth time this last Wednesday, right before going into surgery. I have now watched it three times and plan on watching it a few more times before I return it. I have watched Alone in the Wilderness a few dozen times and it never gets boring. And with the amount of wait time I have every time I request it, I get the feeling I am not the only one.

Greg_library Sep 20, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Narrated by Bob Swerer (reading from excerpts of Dick Proenneke's journal) and in part by Wendy Ishii. This hour-long film gives an account of the first of over thirty years that Dick has lived in isolation in the Alaskan Wilderness with only the wildlife and occasional visits from suppliers and relatives. I loved the detail in which Dick shows the building of a log cabin using the raw materials and hand tools. I was amused when he mentioned that he felt guilty using tar paper and polyethelene to water-proof the roof before he added a layer of moss on top. His craftmanship in the building of the cabin and his enjoyment of the land around him is inspirational.

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Monolith
Feb 24, 2013

Dick Proenneke: "It was good to be back in the wilderness again, where everything seems at peace. I was alone... just me and the animals. It was a great feeling -- free once more to plan and do as I pleased. Beyond was all around me. My dream was a dream no longer. I suppose I was here because this was something I had to do. Not just dream about it, but do it. I suppose, too, I was here to test myself. Not that I had never done it before, but this time it was to be a more thorough and lasting examination." (cont'd)

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Monolith
Feb 24, 2013

Dick Proenneke: "What was I capable of, that I didn't know yet? Could I truly enjoy my own company for an entire year? And was I equal to everything this wild land could throw at me? I had seen its moods in late spring, summer, and early fall, but what about the winter? Would I love the isolation then, with its bone-stabbing cold; its ghostly silence... At age fifty-one I intended to find out."

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Monolith
Feb 24, 2013

Dick Proenneke: "...I don't want these logs looking as though a Boy Scout was turned loose on them with a dull hatchet."

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Monolith
Feb 24, 2013

Dick Proenneke: "...Too many men work on parts of things. Doing a job to completion satisfies me."

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bdls206
Nov 12, 2011

Dick Proenneke: Like a woman all smiles one minute and dancing a temper tantrum the next.

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bdls206
Apr 12, 2011

Dick Proenneke: Fried potatoes, onions and fish. You can't beat that!

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Apr 12, 2011

Documentary tells the story of Dick Proenneke who, in the late 1960s, built his own cabin in the wilderness at the base of the Aleutian Peninsula, in what is now Lake Clark National Park. Using color footage he shot himself, Proenneke traces how he came to this remote area, selected a homestead site and built his log cabin completely by himself. The documentary covers his first year in-country, showing his day-to-day activities and the passing of the seasons as he sought to scratch out a living alone in the wilderness.

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