16 May 2011

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

Werner's back, and this time in three dimensions! Much parodied because of his distinctive voiceover style, Werner Herzog movies are always interesting to read about, and I intake the film as just a starting point of interest. Having read a lot about Cave of Dreams before and after watching it, I enjoyed the experience of learning about another Herzog fascination.

The movie itself literally put me to sleep at times -- fuel up with strong coffee if long shots of images set to music knock you out -- but it's a unique project and worthy of a viewing. As Slate says, it's "a ponderous and nauseating theme-park ride, but one that unfolds as a probing essay on the history of art." That pretty much captures it. I wouldn't recommend Cave of Forgotten Dreams for everyone but if you're a Werner fan, it's a must see.