The only way I would ever learn about Palaeolithic cave art would be through a film narrated by Werner Herzog. The subject isn’t necessarily my cup of tea but through the beauty of the images and Herzog’s narration it became an absorbing journey exploring the concept of time, reality and perception. And the 3D is awesome.
This isn’t the literal translation of the book. This is European. The dialogue about death and insanity are pure Herzog as he uses the characters to explore the themes of gothic horror like the battle between progress and the past and ideas of faith and time as opposed to shape-shifting antics. The triumph of madness and the raising of sex over science as the solution subverting the book. Less ersatz-gothic, more the real thing that evokes existential as well as physical horror.
A film directed by Werner Herzog in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina with Nicolas Cage as a corrupt detective. I was expecting an outbreak of madness on the level of Aguirre or Fitzcarraldo. The most notable thing was Nicolas Cage’s performance. Indeed, this is possibly Herzog’s most conventional film ever. No bad thing because Nicolas Cage shines. However, I would have liked more singing Iguanas.