Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Director: Werner Herzog
USA, 2010, 90mins.
More than 20,000 years ago, a slab of rock sealed the entrance to a multi-chambered cavern perfectly preserving the hundreds of prehistoric paintings that lay within. When the cave was discovered by amateur spelunkers in 1994, it became known as the Chauvet Cave and was quickly recognized as of the most important archeological finds ever made. The cave has since been sealed, maintained, and guarded by the French government…until now.
While public access to the cave is strictly forbidden, rogue filmmaker Werner Herzog was granted unprecedented permission to document its 30,000-year-old treasures using a three-person crew and minimal equipment, which included a specially constructed 3D camera—built inside the cave itself. After a journey through forbidding tunnels, Herzog reveals rock faces covered with stunning charcoal drawings of cave bears, galloping horses, warring rhinos, woolly mammoths and even a frenetic drawing of an eight-legged bison that the filmmaker describes as a “proto-cinema.”
A wizard at conjuring unforgettable visions, from the ship dragged over the mountain in Fitzcarraldo to the Antarctic landscape in Encounters at the End of the World, Herzog turns what begins as a straightforward evocation of a scientifically and anthropologically important site into a meditation that encompasses fundamental questions about humanity's need to create art, the human relationship to nature and the "origin of the human soul." Shot in 3D, we present Cave of Forgotten Dreams in conventional 2D, which retains all of the film’s aesthetic interest and emotional power.
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Publicado por Violeta Lópiz