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Weekly Art #36 - Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Submitted by Matt Jones on Fri, 5/20/2011, 8:02am
Werner Herzog is the greatest living artist.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams is playing at BAM and IFC ($17?) and some theatre in Carol Gardens for $7. It's 3D. It's a documentary.
The film is about the recently discovered Chauvet Cave in France. As the result of a landslide it was sealed off creating a time capsule from 30,000 years ago. 30,000! In the cave are numerous paintings by the humans that occupied the area at the time. Handprints. Abstract art. Picasso-esque minotaurs. Animals drawn with great subtlety and sensitivity. It's amazing.
They say Neanderthals and Humans were in competition at the time. NEANDERTHALS! They haven't found any Neanderthal cave paintings though, just people ones.
The ending of the film is ridiculous.
I'm gonna go (again) with Jen (first time) sometime this coming week. Maybe Tuesday. Anyone interested in joining us? IFC.
I'll get more into it as your comments begin to stack up.
Here's some official info:
CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS, a breathtaking new 3D documentary from the incomparable Werner Herzog (ENCOUNTER AT THE END OF THE WORLD, GRIZZLY MAN) follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. A hit at this year's Toronto Film Festival, CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS is an unforgettable cinematic experience that provides a unique glimpse of the pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago - almost twice as old as any previous discovery. -- (c) IFC Films
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