PREHISTORY: Filmmaker Werner Herzog (right) and anthropologist Nicholas Conard examine the oldest known representation of the human figure, a sculpture estimated to be around 35,000 years old. PHOTO BY Marc Valesella. © 2011. A Sundance Selects Release.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Directed by Werner Herzog

The preponderance of 3D feature films these days represents both a desperate bid to draw audiences away from home entertainment centers into theaters and an excuse to extract even higher admission prices. Werner Herzog's hypnotic documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams—which takes us into the Chau­vet Cave, where the oldest paintings known to humankind were discovered in 1994—is the first movie to suggest a convincing reason for the invention of 3D cinema.

 

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