Discovered in 1994, the Chauvet Cave in southern France contains pristine artwork dating back 30,000 years. Amid gleaming stalactites and stalagmites and a carpet of animal bones, beautiful images of horses and bison gallop alongside ghostly cave lions, cave bears and woolly mammoths. Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog gained exclusive access to film inside the nearly inaccessible cave. Don’t miss this unique glimpse of the birth of art.
Following the film, photographer, museum curator, and archaeologist Dr. Laurel Casjens will explore Utah’s hauntingly beautiful rock art and how it helps connect us to the people who lived here long ago.
Director: Werner Herzog
Run time: 90 minutes
Official Selection – 2010 Toronto International Film Festival; Official Selection – 2010 AFI Film Festival; Official Selection – 2010 DOC NYC; Winner, Best Nonfiction Film – New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2011, Winner, Best Documentary – Washington Film Critics Awards 2011
Science Movie Night is presented by the Natural History Museum of Utah in partnership with the Utah Film Center. We thank the Salt Lake City Public Library, our presenting sponsor.
This event is free and open to the public.
You may also enjoy a public lecture with prehistoric art expert Dr. Jean Clottes who will further explore man's earliest examples of artistic expression in the Chauvet Cave at the 2012 Leakey Foundation Speaker Series on Human Origins.