Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)


Sundance Selects
Directed by Werner Herzog
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, IFC Films)

Werner Herzog and his small film crew are given limited access to a cave discovered in southern France in 1994 containing the oldest surviving art work known to man. Created over 30,000 years ago and then sealed by a landslide, the cave features line drawings of horses, rhinoceroses and other animals, in almost pristine condition. It is closed to the public, by scientists scrutinize every aspect of the cave, focusing just as much on the bones as the art. Herzog narrates, and occasionally gets carried away with some far-fetched musings, but when the camera is allowed to linger on the drawings with no narration and some appropriately dark music it can be quite moving. The 3D enhances the experience, since the drawings are on rocks that have some depth and texture that the art utilizes.

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