Saturday, April 17, 2010

Werner Herzog: What I Saw In The Cave

Herzog has apparently been given permission to film inside the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc cave, a site in the Ardèche department of southern France that contains the earliest known cave paintings, dating back at least 30,000 years. Even more intriguingly, Herzog is planning to shoot much of the film in 3D.

The Chauvet cave, discovered in 1994, cannot be accessed by tourists, as the French authorities have deemed the risk of degradation to be too high, so Herzog's film might be the only opportunity for the rest of humanity to view the site. The paintings depict lions, panthers, bears, owls, rhinos and hyenas, suggesting a vastly different fauna at the time of the paintings to that of modern France.

Herzog's cave art documentary takes 3D into the depths

Dawn of Art: The Chauvet Cave (The Oldest Known Paintings in the World)

1 comment:

  1. My ancestors were probably living there at that time. The past is such a puzzle:


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