Monday, 28 March 2011

Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Last week, I went to see Werner Herzog's 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams'. It came accompanied by a live Q&A session with the director beamed in from space. The Chauvet caves of Southern France hold the oldest and most amazing cave paintings in the world. As Herzog and his small team are the only crew to be let in to the caves, this flim represents a chance to see somethig really special.

The paintings actually look a lot like Piccasso's and because they have been tightly sealed-up in the cave they look even more fresh than his. Some of the caves date to more than 35,000 years ago (that's a long time, not sure if I can comprehend that amount of something you can't even see). Some of the paintings were started and then finished 5000 years later (I'm compeatly baffled, I need something more physical to relate to, so that I can start to understand what this find means). This film is "something more physical", with a massive emphasis on time and how we know almost absolutely nothing about the prehistoric man. Herzog uses his poetic nature to convey his experience of the caves and the vast abyss of time. He also meets some very interesting characters along the way. This is not a 'fly-on-the-wall' documentary. The director-come-narrator seeks to have a dramatic impact on his audience, or to put it in his words 'to sting like the hornet'.

If this isn't doing it for you maybe the idea of 3D film will. Herzog has never made a 3D film and a lot of people will dismiss it as a gimmick, but it works really well. It is effortlessly 3D, unlike most new movies I've seen.

Did I mention that the caves are closed to the public, and this is the only way you will be able to witness these caves? He is donating the film for free, but unless your french and in primary school you might miss out (unless maybe you decide to study geology for 8 years). If you still don't want to see this film you must be stupid or a cave-man.

Rating: GO AND SEE IT!
If you want another review click here to read what ZEENE said

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