Director and filmmaker, Werner Herzog’s latest, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, is a strange mix of flighty pseudo-intellectual reverie and jaw-dropping documentary. Filmed in the famously inaccessible Chauvet Cave in southern France with 3-D enhancement, and sprinkled with the usual eccentric Hertzogian locals, the movie cannot fail to entertain and simultaneously irritate — just like the great man himself.
When director Victor Ruano was a teenager, he wanted to make a movie that could reflect in time, sound and images what that still painting said to him. In his mind, it stood as a description of certain aspects of his society and the country of El Salvador. He would dare to say, that in a sense El Cadáver Exquisito is that painting at 24 frames per second. This image is superimposed onto a billboard in the beginning of the film and serves as a kind of table of contents of what is to come. It stands as a form of dialogue in time, between generations, and through conflicts.
If you’ve studied the history of cinema than you’ve heard of Mosfilm, the renowned film studio that is reputedly the largest and oldest in Europe. Established in 1923, Mosfilm has been responsible for countless cinematic masterpieces, including many of the films created by masters Sergei Eisenstein and Andrei Tarkovsky. Now, the film studio has placed its historic flicks on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.