Saturday, August 22, 2020

1112. Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Directed by Werner Herzog

Cave of Forgotten Dreams has to be one of the most eye roll worthy titles on the List. Even Plato had less fussy nomenclature. Of course, I tease out of love and because I gather Werner Herzog really has a sense of humor about his work. Well, the former was true anyway.

This is a documentary about the Chauvet Cave, which contains some of the oldest human paintings that have ever been discovered. It really is fascinating hearing the experts weigh in, and it's absolutely incredible to see what has been preserved over thousands and thousands of years. I loved learning about the little artistic flourishes early human beings were capable of, like giving the bison eight legs to give the appearance of movement. Because it was Herzog, the scope naturally had to be huge, and I enjoyed pondering some of the deeper questions he asked us to consider, like when the human soul began and what albino crocodiles would think of the paintings (they'd like them, I guess?). 

This really felt like something that could be a part of a museum exhibit, like one of those films that plays on repeat in a dark, air-conditioned room off to the side. Remember when we could go to museums? Ugh, me either.

RATING: ****-

Interesting Facts:

Herzog was only allowed to have three other people with him in the cave, and they could only stay in for a few hours at time due to the high carbon dioxide levels.

At the time of filming, Herzog had only seen one other 3D movie (Avatar). He said he has no plans to ever film in 3D again.


  1. It's been many years since I saw this, so please excuse any woolly and/or distorted recollections..

    I recall being disappointed. The stuff shown was fantastic, but his narration and fantasising very irritating... I recall something like seeing child's foot prints, and wild animal footprints and him imagining some horror film type tale of the beastie stalking the kid .. and a few other similar ramblings. The sensationalism got on my nerves.

  2. I would like to see all of the paintings. I think I could do without the narrator!