Greg Grainger - Taming The Tigers
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Documentary (2008) 55 Minutes ~ Color
Taming The Tigers is a gripping one-hour documentary showing the unique relationship between trainers and tigers in captivity.
The programme addresses the question of whether tigers can be tamed or simply trained, with stories aplenty of tigers that have lost control and attacked their keepers.
We feature tiger trainers from around the globe: from legendary Russian entertainer Nickolai Pavlenko to Hollywoods Rick Glassey, the man who teaches his tigers to perform for major movies. There are also moments of wonder as the cycle of tiger mating and birthing is recorded at a facility in Thailand.
One sequence involves tigers swimming, others show tigers being trained for public performances: leaping through hoops of fire, and walking on tight ropes. In one dramatic scene, 10 tigers walk side by side around a ring, controlled by one lone man and his baton.
These are evocative images of powerful and innately aggressive animals, as they learn to trust and work with Man. While they first appear to be big harmless pussy cats, their behaviour is anything but. One of the keepers being filmed has to be hospitalised after a particularly vicious attack. Four continents, four tiger experts... and their talent, the tigers. Tamed or just trained?
Stars: Greg Grainger