Prehistoric Cave With a Hornet on the Wall

The director Werner Herzog remembers being about 12 years old when he saw, and was transfixed by, a picture of a horse on the cover of a book about Paleolithic art, displayed in the window of a bookstore in the isolated Bavarian village where he lived. Ever since, even as he was making films like “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” and “Nosferatu,” that image “has engaged me and haunted my mind,” he said. “It has never left me.”

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by Fabrice Florin - Apr. 26, 2011

Interesting story about "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," Werner Herzog's new 3D documentary on prehistorical cave paintings discovered in France in 1994. This report provides good information and context about this stroll back to "the beginnings of the modern human soul." A couple more sources could have provided more perspective on this story. A great read about the oldest form of art -- what Herzog calls "proto-cinema".

"Cave of Forgotten Dreams" was mesmerizing -- and conjured up all sorts of memories for me. The beauty of the art, combined with the fluid 3D camerawork and Werner's haunting voice all drew me into this reflection on the origins of culture and what it means to be human. Highly recommended. [Disclosure: Erik Nelson, the movie's producer, is a friend and former partner.]

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by Jeremy Winn - Apr. 26, 2011

This is a very interesting story. Everyone knows about the infamous horse painting in the caves, and for someone to do a documentary on it is quite compelling. I really liked that this article told the readers some of the conditions he had to do when shooting the documentary.

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    (Audio - streaming) In 1994, three French cave explorers discovered hundreds of prehistoric paintings and engravings on the walls of the Chauvet Cave in southern France. Carbon dating has since ...
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