Regular SundanceNOW contributor Eric Hynes looks at our current “Golden Age” of documentary film, and why the Academy Awards just don’t seem to get it.
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There’s a moment late in The Chair (1962), part of DOC NYC’s essential tribute to Ricky Leacock, when it becomes apparent that what you’re watching is great art, not merely a work of great artistry.
As we near the final weekends of summer blockbusters, it’s time to take note of the increasingly obvious fact: movies just aren’t what they used to be—at least in box office terms. With franchise films like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and Transformers 3 crossing the $1 billion mark worldwide, it’s hard to fathom that our theatergoing days could be in trouble. And yet, “underperformance” has earned a spot in every studio executive’s regular vocabulary.
The #1 documentary of the year, and one of the most popular and critically acclaimed documentaries of all time, Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams is now available on SundanceNOW. If you’re not in a city where the film is currently, playing, you’ll have months to wait for the official DVD release.
Why not just get it NOW?
This clip pretty much explains itself. Watch as Werner goes full-on ecstatic truth in front of an awed Stephen Colbert.
Further reading: An oldie but a goodie, in which Slate magazine debunks some of Cave‘s assertions about the alligators in its epilogue. The idea that the film’s weirdest section may just be a grand fantasy invented by a borderline madman only makes it more rad.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams is in theaters everywhere.
At a recent screening of Cave of Forgotten Dreams hosted by the Archaeological Institute of America, Werner Herzog took questions about his magical new film from a very interested audience. In this clip, he discusses how he and composer Ernst Reijseger came up with the film’s ethereal score. Sometimes, while barefoot.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams is in select theaters now.