Art of the Ancients

Cave of Forgotten Dreams DVD coverWerner Herzog has a reputation of making heady, inaccessible films, but – wait – don’t give up! His documentaries are more easily digestible (re: Grizzly Man and Into the Abyss). Most recently, Herzog directed Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which explores the Chauvet Cave in the South of France. The Chauvet Cave was found in 1994 by three archeologists. It was sealed off by the French government shortly after because it holds the world’s most ancient drawings and handprints, dated over 30,000 years. With only a 4-person crew, 4 lights, and 4 hours of filming allowed each day, Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams has brought this find to the public, who are not permitted in the Chauvet Cave for preservation’s sake.