“To call this movie fascinating is akin to calling the Grand Canyon large” – The Hollywood Reporter. Legendary director Werner Herzog takes us on a literal journey to our past. For over 20,000 years, Chauvet Cave has been completely sealed off by a fallen rock face, its crystal-encrusted interior as large as a football field and strewn with the petrified remains of giant ice age mammals. In 1994, scientists discovered the caverns, and found hundreds of pristine paintings within, spectacular artwork dating back over 30,000 years (almost twice as old as any previous finds) to a time when Neanderthals still roamed the earth and cave bears, mammoths, and ice age lions were the dominant populations of Europe. Since then, only a handful of specialists have stepped foot in the cave, and the true scope of its contents has largely gone unfelt – until legendary director Werner Herzog managed to gain access. Herzog captures the wonder and beauty of one of the most awe-inspiring sites on earth, all the while musing in his inimitable fashion about its original inhabitants, the birth of art, and the curious people surrounding the caves today. Rated G. 89 Min. 2010.
Screened as part of the 2018-2019 Presence of the Past Film Series, a new series of screenings held monthly through April 2019 at Railroad Square Cinema. Presented by Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Maine Film Center.
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