Cave of Forgotten Dreams

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Werner Herzog, 2010
USA/France | 90 minutes

“In Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Werner Herzog explores the origins of figuration and abstract thought by visiting France’s Chauvet caves. Shooting in 3-D, he follows the route taken by a group of explorers who in 1994 discovered a vast cave decorated over 32,000 years ago with paintings of lions, horses, panthers, and bison... Herzog employs 3-D to record the walls’ contours and to give the viewer a greater feeling of presence. This sensation is heightened by the remarkable freshness of the images. The eyes of the painted animals, in particular, are bright, intense, and soulful. France has barred the cave to visitors not involved in the site’s study, so Herzog’s access is a coup. His small crew was restricted to minimal lighting, equipment, time, and space, but these limitations are turned to glorious advantage.”
—Nicole Armour, Film Comment November/December 2010

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Series: Film Comment Selects

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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