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Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)
May 27, 2011, 9:20 pm
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Director: Werner Herzog

More than any other film that has utilized the medium, it is impertinent that one sees Cave of Forgotten Dreams in 3D. Closing one eye while wearing the glasses (thus diminishing the 3D effect without blurring the image), one looses all sense of the contours of the cave walls. As important as the artwork itself is the way in which the cave walls interact with it, and so a flat image is simply incapable of doing justice to the spectacle. However, although Herzog’s childlike curiosities are enchanting, the excessive lengthy montages of the cave drawings become redundant. The postscript, which details a biosphere meant to cool nuclear power plants, attempts to ascribe narrative relevance to “doppelganger” albino alligators – not merely a stretch, but a sequence in which Herzog begins to parody himself.


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