Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2D)

Directed by Werner Herzog

In this mesmerising documentary, Werner Herzog and his pared back camera crew take us on a journey through the Chauvet caves in Southern France, the site of the oldest prehistoric art currently known to man. The collapse of a rock face some thousands of years ago isolated this network of chambers, leaving the now 32,000 year-old paintings on the cave walls perfectly preserved. The stunning images explored in this documentary show lions, rhinos, hyenas and rudimentary animated horses in excellent detail, revealing for Herzog ‘the beginnings of the modern human soul’. In true Herzog style, the film is as much a study of the scientists who dedicate themselves to revealing the hidden mysteries of the cave as a study of the prehistoric art itself.


90 minutes

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