Monday, July 11, 2011

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Werner Herzog does it again and takes us to another place we’ll never be able to go. This time he takes a 3D camera into a cave in the South of France that has been blocked for thousands of years and contains the oldest cave paintings in recorded history (about 30,000 years old) in pristine condition.

At first, the thought of being inside a cave for an entire movie seems daunting, but leave it to Herzog to bring the cave alive with an examination of the human condition through lessons in Paleontology, Art History, Archeology, Anthropology and Religious Studies. Long after you leave the theatre, the darkness and discoveries of the Chaveut Cave still haunt you and put in perspective how much different or similar we really are to that cave artist tens of thousands of years ago.

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