Discovered in 1994, France's Chauvet Cave offers a privileged insight into another time and place. While the walls feature artwork from over 30,000 years ago, ancient animal bones cover the ground, and layers of sparkly calcite coat every surface (paleontologists believe humans never actually lived there). In his narration, Herzog explains that he and his crew had to obtain special permission, could only shoot for a few hours during specific seasons, and couldn't leave the designated walkways, so cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger (Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans) attached a camera to a stick to capture the painting of a minotaur and a woman that adorns a prominent outcropping. Unlike some 3-D features, Cave of Forgotten Dreams benefits from the added dimension, providing a breathtaking you-are-there effect. Of course, it wouldn't be a Herzog picture without a mesmerizing score, a few eccentric characters, and some bizarre bits of business. In this case, he includes a master perfumer who sniffs out hidden caves and a philosophical archaeologist who used to work as a circus performer. The documentary concludes with a quintessentially Herzogian postscript featuring the eerie radioactive albino crocodiles who live downwind from the cave.