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Cave of Forgotten Dreams - Film Review

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Published October 18th 2011
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This film is simply mind blowing.

Director Werner Herzog is our guide through the Chauvet Cave in southern France. In 1994, hundreds of cave paintings were discovered here. Scientific studies have revealed that these are the oldest cave paintings ever recorded.

The journey through the caves is truly breathtaking (particularly in 3D). The natural beauty of the caves is only outdone by the spectacular paintings of horses, lions and cattle - painted to give the illusion of movement. By torchlight, it's not just the animal paintings that move, but your heart moves along with them, as you realise just how much you have in common with the ancient artists.

Complete with thought provoking archaeological analysis, the film provides a context for the paintings, revealing to the viewer where, and the way in which these ancient people lived.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams serves to remind us of the sacred connection between early humans and the spirit worlds - a connection that is close to being lost in our modern culture. The film is as beautiful as it is thought-provoking, and thoroughly recommended to anyone who appreciates art, mysticism or exploring ancient cultures.

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