~NANCY SMITH REVIEWS: ‘CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS’/WERNER HERZOG
‘CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS’ – DIRECTED BY WERNER HERZOG
REVIEWED BY NANCY SMITH, AUGUST 20, 2011.
ONE OF TWO ALBINO ALLIGATOR DELIVERED TO A CROCODILE FARM IN CENTRAL-EASTERN FRANCE – EXPORTED FROM THEIR NATIVE LOUISIANA (USA !!)
PHOTO: PHILIPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images. FEB 04, 2010. COURTESY/LIFE
cute when they are young, aren’t they. wait til you see them all grown-up !!
nasty mothers, evil yellow eyes floating on the water horizon.
don’t even get me started on this one.
I swear WERNER HERZOG just used the ‘filming of the world’s first ever cave man drawings’ in Central France – (ancient) dead men talking, get it ? – as a ruse to expose France’s dirty little secret. I mean clearly, even he cannot believe he has scored the footage . . . of what must be a top secret project. France is raising, as Werner calls them – radioactive mutated albino alligators – just on the other side of the ridge of the now famous recently discovered cave housing the earliest known human drawings – in a man-made artificial jungle made from the hijacked heat and over-flow waste waters – !! – of France’s biggest nuclear power plant !!
NOT. . .
apparently according to a post by EDWARD DAVIS to INDIE WIRE – which includes a live clip of WERNER HERZOG on STEPHEN COLBERT – the albino alligator tale is: “a wild post-script, it’s a wild science-fiction sort of fantasy …”
“. . . of course it’s fictitious and that’s not a spoiler, Herzog has maintained for several years – that while some charge it to be irresponsible fabrication – that his films contain “an ecstatic truth” rather than the “accountant’s truth” . . . damn. is he senile. or did the French threaten to take him out, or what.
damn. I still say, no wonder McQueen wanted out. I’m thinking there still must be some kind of alligator farm out there, otherwise what’s with the LIFE photo ?
I mean it was way more fun to think JURASSIC PARK – was alive and well, and for real. in central-eastern France. STEVEN SPIELBERG – where are ya ?
than to learn, what probably everyone else already knows, that – WERNER HERZOG – is a kind of a fraud. . . for messing with the word: documentary and making it stupid . . . and I was thinking, wow – they gonna be mass producing haute couture albino alligator bags . . . in France, soon !!
As for the primitive cave drawings, they are very sophisticated and for the most part look to be done by one set of hands ?
the depicted animals are all graceful, with gentle faces. mostly bison. they do say: sustainable protein abounds in these parts – back in the day. way back. when humans survived and the Neanderthals did not.
these first human drawings are more ‘connect-the-dots’ than ‘think outside the box’. it’s clear someone – saw the animal profiles – in 3D – in the lines and crooks and nooks – of the natural rock cave walls – and they just followed the lines. much like the early Greeks traced the ‘animated’ constellations in the stars of the night sky. much like many sculptors (throughout the ages) tell ya, the stone speaks to them.
were the images just there for the taking, at random – or did a greater force lay down the blue print ? that’s the bigger question.
but do they sustain a botched-up documentary – not.
talk about the downward arc of civilization. Werner Herzog: zero. Anslem Kiefer: 10. (outta 10).