I was previously aware of cave art, with the impression that it was meant to record animals encounters, legends, and gods. I knew cave art was a part of past people’s culture. However, I did not know the greater importance of cave art, as showcased by Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which illustrates the nature of cave art in an effective, meaningful way. The actual cave art and thoughts on being human proved to be the most insightful content of the film.
The Chauvet Cave is untouched by the elements, literally being a vault to the past. As demonstrated in the film, just to stand there and absorb the surroundings must have felt gratifying and fascinating.
There are multiple caves with art surrounding the Pont D’ Arc arch, but the