Cave of Forgotten Dreams


Director: Werner Herzog

Stars: Werner Herzog, Dominique Baffier, Jean Clottes

Rating: **1⁄2

Another hypnotically eerie documentary from Werner Herzog, complete with the director’s signature narration that alternates from philosophical inquiry to sardonic jabs. His subject is the Chauvet cave, which boasts the oldest known cave paintings and sealed off to all but a few scientists for fear of contamination. Herzog films in 3D, allowing audiences to see how the ancient paintings interact with the jagged walls. The imagery is remarkable and though he seems to run out of material about an hour in, he pads the running time with spear-throwing lessons and footage of albino crocodiles.