Sunday, January 22, 2012

Film Catch-Up

I watched two interesting films lately: The Cave of Forgotten Dreams, a documentary by Werner Herzog about paleolithic cave paintings in France discovered only about a decade ago, and Margin Call, a film loosely based on the actions of the Lehman Brothers investment bank at the beginning of this recession.

The films have almost nothing in common except high quality and a certain quirkiness, but the contrast between them is noteworthy: the first film deals in human activity over tens of thousands of years, the second, of one day; the first film has only one identifiable actor, a painter, millenniums ago, with a crooked little finger, while the second is an ensemble of instantly recognizable Great Actors.

Both worth watching.
Public domain image of the Chauvet cave paintings

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