© by Werner Herzog Film  Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting. He puts 3-D technology to a profound use, taking us back in time over 30,000 years.

Director’s Statement

My intellectual, my spiritual awakening was in a way connected to paleolithic cave paintings. I alone discovered it for myself, it was my first independent quest.

At the age of twelve, I spotted a book in the display window of a bookstore with a picture of a horse from the Lascaux cave on it, and an indescribable excitement took hold of me: I wanted this book, I had to have it. I wanted to know about these paintings before the time of the domestication of animals and before the invention of agriculture.

As my pocket money was only one dollar per month, I started to work as a ball-boy on tennis courts, and borrowed money from my brothers. At least once a week, I would check, my heart pounding, if the book was still there. Apparently, I believed this was the only one.

It took more than half a year, until I could buy and open the book, and the shudder of awe and wonder has never left me since.

Werner Herzog


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