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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Review score: * * * * *


year: 2010

colour: yes

certificate: TBC

director: Werner Herzog

runtime: 90

Following Encounters at the End of the World, Herzog once again takes us deep behind the frontier of an extraordinary place.

Having gained unprecedented access through the tightest of restrictions, he has captured on film, with specially designed 3D cameras, the interior of the Chauvet Cave in southern France. This is where the world's oldest cave paintings were discovered in 1994.

In the mesmerising Cave of Forgotten Dreams, he reveals to us a breathtaking subterranean world and leads us to the 32,000-year-old artworks. In true Herzogian fashion, his hypnotically engaging narration weaves in wider metaphysical contemplations as we learn more about the Palaeolithic art and its creators; we are invited to reflect on our primal desire to communicate and represent the world around us, evolution and our place within it, and ultimately what it means to be human.



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