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By Elisabeth Rappe Author Page Twitter Page Facebook Page
What I’m Thankful For
And today, that film is Werner Herzog’s 3D documentary, Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Dreams is currently playing at the TIFF, and I imagine many CHUD readers have already devoured the reviews as they trickle across our wide movie net. The consensus seems to be “it blew my mind” which is what you want to hear about any film, but especially about a 3D documentary of cave paintings.
Now, I’m not really a fan of 3D. Avatar didn’t convince me of the medium, because apparently I’m a Luddite. I guess I’m a really big dork because I’m far more intrigued and excited by its possibilities for documentaries over fictional storytelling. Give me the Chauvet Cave over Pandora any day of the week. Dreams thrills me, and strikes me as a real and truly tangible experience.
You and I will never, ever get to see the Chauvet chambers except in Herzog’s documentary. There are many places in the world of a similar inaccessibility for reasons historical and geographical. For a lot of us, it’s financial more than anything else. The possibilities of nonfiction 3D are endless, and I’m fervently hoping a number of filmmakers decide to rip off Herzog and film lush documentaries of Kuala Lumpur, Aztec ruins, and Pompeii.
I can’t wait to see Dreams. A new Herzog film is always something to look forward to — especially in the age of the increasingly corny and commercial — but I’ve never been as excited as I am for this one.
Now, let it just get a wide enough release that I can see it in proper 3D ….