The Ecstatic Flash

by solitary walker

“We must ask of reality: how important is it, really? And: how important, really, is the factual? Of course, we can’t disregard the factual; it has normative power. But it can never give us the kind of illumination, the ecstatic flash, from which truth emerges.” Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog‘s new film, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, is a documentary exploration of the Chauvet cave in the Ardèche department of southern France. This cave was rediscovered in 1994, having been sealed off for 20,000 years. It was found to contain hundreds of spectacular palaeolithic paintings over 30,000 years old.