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Movie Review: The Legend of Pale Male

Alternate Title: Magnificent Obsession

Story: This soaring film is for people who love New York City, its beloved red-tailed hawk, Pale Male, nature and the collective power of right over might. Is it a perfect documentary? Absolutely not - but it is mandatory viewing for all who have followed this heart warming and at times heart breaking story for the past 18 years.

Belgium Frederic Lilien came to NY, like so many others, some 20 years ago to find himself. One day he saw Pale Male in Central Park and like a bolt of lightning, he found his calling. He bought a video camera, met other people who had become witness to the life of this extraordinary red-tailed hawk and before you know it - a best selling book, a fabulous web site, a PBS documentary and now a full length feature film were born.

This film will stir your soul. It will bring a few tears to your eyes and you will find yourself cheering for this brave bird, his four lady friends (First Love, Chocolate, Blue and Lola) and his offspring.

Yes, it has many aspects similar to the documentary and book by Marie Winn called Red-tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park. Marie Winn is in fact a major player in this film and a friend of director Frederic Lilien. This new film takes the story almost to the present and we get to meet and adore the cast of NY characters that brought life to this tale. I highly recommend it to you. It is also fine family fare. It was written by Janet Hess.

To learn more about the film and to see a chronology of Pale Male's offspring go to: http://www.thelegendofpalemale.com/HOME.html and to see some amazing photography go to the site all about Pale Male.http://www.palemale.com/

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1NV-j5gRho

Acting: This is a documentary - so this category is not applicable.

Trivia: My sister and I and many of my friends became part of the hundreds of protestors that gathered across the street from the coop building that demanded they put back the nest that they so heartlessly destroyed in December of 2004.

Predilection: I love Pale Male, the story and most films that are shot in NYC.

Critters: All many of animal that lives in Central Park except for the animals in the Central Park Zoo.

Food: The hawk watchers celebrate with champagne and sweets. I am not going to count the food that our hawk eats which includes squirrel, rat and pigeon.

Sex Spectrum: We get to watch Pale Male breed a few times.

Soundtrack: Soaring.

Visual Art: New York City and Central Park look amazing.

Theater Audience: 10 other nature lovers and us on an early Thanksgiving morning.

Weather: We get to see the four seasons.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I paid attention throughout.

Predictability Level: If you know the story you will not have any surprises.

Tissue Usage: I welled up a number of times as did my movie pal.

Oscar Worthy: Probably not.

Big Screen or Rental: Go for the big screen.

Length: 90 minutes.