The newest documentary from German madman Werner Herzog focuses on the Chauvet Cave in France and the 30,000 year old cave paintings found within. Herzog, along with a small film crew, were granted rare access to the cave for short periods of time under the strict supervision of its preservers. He chose to shoot the film in 3-D in order to capture the contours of the cave walls, a wise decision considering that proper viewing of this ancient art can only be attained by observing the actual contours of the canvas. Unfortunately, due to equipment limitations, Cave of Forgotten Dreams will be shown to Philadelphia audiences in 2-D, which means that we’re missing out on a lot. What we’re left with is a documentary fit for cable television that showcases Herzog’s typically dry yet over-the-top narration as well as a series of interviews with wacky archeologist types. The art is fascinating regardless, but c’mon Philadelphia, we’re the fifth largest city in the country. Let’s get our film community’s act together before the Alamo Drafthouse crew take notice and set up shop…
Cave of Forgotten Dreams opens today at the Ritz East.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.