Burt's Buzz

Burt's Buzz

DVD - 2014
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Shapiro takes us into the reclusive backwoods world of beekeeper Shavitz, still committed to living off the land in Maine, as he has since the 1970s, in a renovated turkey coop with no running water. Shapiro explores Shavitz's peculiar relationship with the company he co-founded with Roxanne Quimby. The birth of Burt's Bees and its emergence as a lucrative brand may be the stuff of legend, but it's also contentious: Shavitz sold his shares decades ago, reaping virtually nothing from the company.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino Lorber, 2014.
Branch Call Number: 638.1092 BUR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd, col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Derringer
Jul 08, 2019

From the very first moment that Burt Shavitz was introduced to the viewer in this bio-documentary - I took an immediate disliking to him in a big way.

And, for this presentation's full 90-minute running time, my disfavor of Shavitz never faltered even once (which made it quite difficult for me to endure this program from start to finish).

Anyway - Unless you like to listen to the bitter, resentful grumblings of a crusty, eccentric, old hermit (with really bad hygiene) who never matured beyond the confines of his boring "hippie" shtick of the 1960s - Then - This documentary is definitely not at all worthy viewing in my opinion.

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ManMachine
May 29, 2019

Yes. Indeed. There are some bio-documentaries about certain people that leave me totally wondering why they were ever made in the first place. And, yes - "Burt's Buzz" was definitely one of them.

Back in the 1980s - Burt Shavitz was co-founder (along with business partner, Roxanne Quimby) of Burt's Bee products. (And, yes, that was Burt's grizzled image you saw on these products' packaging)

Personally speaking - I thought that Burt Shavitz (interviewed here) had a truly terrible personality.

Anyway - IMO - Instead of introducing Burt (an unlikable eccentric) to the public and actually expecting us to like him - He really should have been left as the obscure enigma that he was (tending to his bees).

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readyrisa
Nov 16, 2016

Wow! Interesting documentary about Burt, the face, the man, the co-founder behind Burt's Bees. I enjoyed getting to know Burt and his love for nature, his dog, and his simple life.
This film is not about the company but about the man.

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Matinee
Sep 29, 2016

This is an interesting and entertaining documentary about Burt Shavitz, the now deceased co-founder of Burt's Bees.

LaughingOne Mar 07, 2015

I enjoyed learning more about the man behind Burt's Bees. He had an interesting early life as a photographer and then escaped the big city life to upstate New York and finally, Maine. He says he did what he wanted (and I believe him). I was sorry to learn that Burt's Bees is now owned by Clorox. I was left with the feeling that Burt has no regrets and, at age 78, he has lived the life he wanted. Good for him.

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Saint_Mirin
Dec 09, 2014

Not into the product line thankfully. Wasn't aware that Clorox now owns the company. Burt is very likeable and accommodating even though he doesn't like other people much. Anyone who is torn about whether or not Burt would've been better off with more money, missed the entire point of the film. He clearly never cared about it at all and this is stated outright by both Burt and his friends. He cared about Roxanne who only cared about making money and that appears to be his only regret. This was a quick moving fun film that really held my attention. I love Cindy Lin and the admiration she holds for Burt. She makes me want to hug Taiwan.

ltggoddess Nov 25, 2014

A well-told story that leaves the viewer to answer whether or not Burt would have been better off had he not been deprived of the empire that wears his name (and his face). Either way, you'll probably fall in love with this character, who seems to have found the simplicity that lives on the other side of complexity. (to misquote Oliver Wendell Holmes)

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Sep 29, 2016

"A good day is when no one shows up and you don’t have to go anywhere." - Burt Shavitz

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