This doc re­ally rocks

CAVE OF FOR­GOT­TEN DREAMS

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - Be­tween some rocks, an art place LEIGH PAATSCH wern­er­her­zog. com Now show­ing State Cinema

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.

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