Sep 29, 2011

Daily Proposition: explore a Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Luke Buckmaster — Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

Luke Buckmaster

Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

The title might sound like pretentious gobbledygook, but watch documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog’s The Cave of Forgotten Dreams and you’re likely to emerge entirely convinced of the veracity of those words.

Herzog landed one hell of a find: access to a cave in Southern France decorated with remarkably well preserved 32,000 year-old drawings. The Chauvet Cave — named after explorer Jean-Marie Chauvet, who discovered it in 1994 — houses the world’s oldest cave paintings, many of them illustrations of animals. One drawing depicts multiple outlines of a horse, presented as if it were in motion. Herzog ambitiously describes this as a kind of “proto-cinema”.

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