Overcoming considerable challenges, Herzog captures the stunning majesty of the Chauvet Cave in southern France, where the world's oldest cave paintings have been discovered. Herzog reveals a breathtaking subterranean world including the 32,000-year-old artworks. With his humorous and engaging narration Herzog reflects 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.
Jean Clottes, Julien Monney, Jean-Michel Geneste, Michel Philippe, Gilles Tosello, Carole Fritz, Dominique Baffier, Valerie Feruglio, Nicholas Conard, Maria Malina, Wulf Hein, Maurice Maurin
An awesome cave of fantastic importance
- Cave of Forgotten Dreams review by JD
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The extreme age of these sketches is so fantastic you cannot fail to be impressed. Cavemen capable of such lifelike drawings are so far from other non-human apes that I reconsidered their abilities. The film, the interviews and the commentary are dreadful. The modern man apparently more stupid than the caveman.
Anyone want to see oldest paintings we know about on planet Earth?
- Cave of Forgotten Dreams review by David
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When it comes to some things I think the content is vastly more important than the technical or artistic merits, and that's certainly the case here. This is exclusive access to the oldest paintings man currently knows about - how could anyone not be intrigued by that?
Herzog admits that they were limited in terms of time, space, technology and even where they could film from and what lights they could use. So this was never going to be a cinematic masterpiece. That said, I think they did a superb job regardless and paid the paintings the appropriate amount of respect, making maximum use of the available light.
Just film of the paintings would have been enough for me, but it's accompanied by some lovely music, interviews with excavators and experts, and tied together with Herzog's very competent narration.
I was really grateful to be able to have such a good look at these paintings - what a rare privelege.