Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”Juxtapoz // Sunday, 01 May 2011
This weekend in the United States, influential filmmaker, Werner Herzog, saw the release of his 3D documentary, "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," a look at the recently discovered cave paintings in the Chauvet caves in the South of France,dating back 32,000 years.
Even though the cave is "carefully preserved and the general public is not allowed to enter, Herzog received special permission from the French minister of culture to film inside the cave." Herzog became interested in the cave after reading an extensive article in the New Yorker (which we remember reading as well) about the discovery and cave paintings at Chauvet.
And, because of near-toxic levels of radon and carbon dioxide, people can only stay inside the cave for a few hours at a time.
As you may know, Herzog is an influential filmmaker, known as one of the leaders of the New German Cinema movement. We recently watched his documentary, "Grizzly Man" again, and found it just as powerful the second time as the first.