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In 1994, a group of scientists discovered a cave in Southern France perfectly preserved for over 20,000 years and containing the earliest known human paintings. Knowing the cultural significance that the Chauvet Cave holds, the French government immediately cut-off all access to it, save a few archaeologists and paleontologists. But documentary filmmaker, Werner Herzog, has been given limited access, and now we get to go inside examining beautiful artwork created by our ancient ancestors around 32,000 years ago. He asks questions to various historians and scientists about what these humans would have been like and trying to build a bridge from the past to the present. Written by
The archaeologists refused to let these drawings speak for themselves. But rather, they indulged their own musings about what the artistic significance and intent of the drawings and who these artists were. It became tiresome, tedious, and a bit over the top. The music, though initially appealing, attempting to tap into a sense of timelessness soon just became irritating. And one really weird passage...while they believe they may have discovered an ancient flute carved from a bird's bone, to demonstrate it an archaeologist played America's Star Spangled Banner. ?? What was that all about? In France, no less. Weird choice of music.
While, given their age and their beauty, these cave paintings are fantastic to look at, the documentary lacked a level of professionalism that short-changed the grand significance of them.
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