This doc really rocks
CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS
Director: Werner Herzog ( Grizzly Man) Stars: Werner Herzog ( narrator)
Cinematographer: Peter Zeitlinger TO SLAP Cave of Forgotten Dreams with the tag ‘‘ documentary’’ is something of a disservice.
Courtesy of the prolific, versatile and offbeat German filmmaker Werner Herzog, this film hands you an access-all-areas pass to the most exclusive art gallery in the world.
Once inside, you will be able to gaze all you like at the most genuinely priceless works there ever will be: an extensive collection of rock paintings completed more than 32,000 years ago. These are the oldest illustrations of any kind made by human hand.
The rare opportunity on offer should not be underestimated by viewers. Discovered in 1994, the site of the paintings – a limestone cave on the Ardeche River in southern France – is fiercely protected by the French Ministry of Culture.
Almost miraculously, Herzog struck a deal that granted his crew a mere handful of hours of access to the cave.
In spite of agreeing to severe restrictions regarding lighting and electrical gear, Herzog somehow worked out an effective way to shoot his guided tour in 3D.
There is nothing gimmicky whatsoever about Herzog’s use of 3D in Cave of Forgotten Dreams. The depth of field afforded by the 3D format gives the viewer an uncanny spatial awareness of the site.
Just as vitally, the unusual shapes of the rocks which serve as backdrops to the paintings come to the fore in a manner that can only heighten your appreciation of these astonishing works of art.
Though Herzog’s wistfully pretentious narration of the film will prove to be an acquired taste for some, there can be no denying the significance of what he has achieved here.