Sunday, May 1, 2011

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) NYT Critics' Pick

I can't wait to see director Herzog's new documentary, "Cave of Forgotten Dreams".

As Dana Stevens, critic at the Washing Post states, "If you are a member of the human race, you should see this movie."

And this is what Manohla Dargis, NYT reviewer, has to say:

"What a gift Werner Herzog offers with “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” an inside look at the astonishing Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc — and in 3-D too. In southern France, about 400 miles from Paris, the limestone cave contains a wealth of early paintings, perhaps from as long ago as 32,000 years. Here, amid gleaming stalactites and stalagmites and a carpet of animal bones, beautiful images of horses gallop on walls alongside bison and a ghostly menagerie of cave lions, cave bears and woolly mammoths. Multiple red palm prints of an early artist adorn one wall, as if to announce the birth of the first auteur."

One of the most amazing things about this new film is that it captures what almost no human eyes have seen for at least 20,000 years. As the washington Post review points out,

"Chauvet, the most recently discovered and by far the oldest of the great Paleolithic cave-painting sites of Western Europe, has been visited only by a small group of scholars since it was found by three spelunkers on a hike in 1994...Miraculously, Herzog was granted permission to film, and for a six-day period he and a skeleton crew of three descended into the cave with very limited equipment—three cold light panels and a custom-built 3D camera rig—to give the rest of the world what ma! y [sic.] be the closest look we will ever get at some of the world's earliest works of art."

Follow this link to read more about this amazing new film. To watch an interview with director Werner Herzog: NYT Herzog interview.
Lastly, if you still can't get enough, check out the Chauvet Caves Gallery.

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