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Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)
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Summary: Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting. (imdb)
Country: Germany
Directed By: Werner Herzog
Written By: Werner Herzog
Starring: Werner Herzog
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na schedrevka
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na fartblaster
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na mgroves1
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na JasonKDarby
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na killcare
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na DerDude
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na DetoxP
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na TenSpades
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na weirdyoda
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na closedmouth
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Some nice images, but Herzog's narration is pretty overcooked and rambling (the postscript is incomprehensible). About two-thirds of the way through he seems to run out of ideas and the film just kind of slowly fades away.
na Positive Jon
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na kedar1981
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na !Marx
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na Ammit
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na yesistasty
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Werner Herzog has the most easily-parodied style of documentary film-making. Even so, he manages to create a transcendent ode to the human spirit
na drummerx357
83
T5
na nrm5
80
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na FunkyAstro
60
T6
Herzog manages to take relatively banal subject matter and through his mad genius and the wonderful way he asks insightful questions, he always seems to capture his audiences and really makes them think about the topic in a different way. He forgot to do that this time.
na xmoffx
3
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na AICHE
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na RUIMJO
49
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na kangadoodoo
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na kurisu1974
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na readingowl
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na brendoman
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Caves are awesome and so is Werner Herzog so I really dug it.
na Dogubomb
50
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na willow
40
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na LionEye
40
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na kylie
71
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na Barkinson
50
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na DBibby
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na exolstice
84
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na E-dubs
90
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na NRM03
61
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na KasperL
40
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Beautiful shots and some effective 3D wasn't enough. The interviewees clearly found the cave drawings much more interesting than me.
na AYLE
90
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na thiemen
7
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na spacehamm
90
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na Vmfs
7
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na SpaceEcho
70
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na stefyforno
94
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na KTP
46
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na majelus
70
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na cambel
70
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na Golfingdanls
7
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na mallamp
70
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na ifudontknow
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na peekingpanda
55
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na BaalMan
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na Jarmann
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na Mattsdmf
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na theficionado
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na Communicants
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na Janky
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na nicks112
86
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na drreza
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na gazpacho
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na strangelime
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na zydernine
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na Gui
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na hardcoreufo
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na frankslater
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na andymalafaya
55
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na benrag
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na Randomized
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na Tomhet
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Herzog could film himself reading a shampoo bottle and it would somehow end up being enthralling and profound.
na Viva Vox
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na SeanBerndorff
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na 3rdman
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na toupe
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na Cantstopdrew
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na ibodirector
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na bakcheia
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Very slow, but rewarding.
na flowing
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na Meta Critic
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na tomelce
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Thematically expansive and visually resplendent, Cave of Forgotten Dreams reaffirms Herzog's standing as a premier documentarian. Speaking in cinematic language without losing sight of the monumentally interesting facets of age-old discoveries of human art and natural history made inside the titular cave, his film amazes and delights with breadth of insight and heartfelt testimony. Cave's success alone is almost enough to make 2011 a banner year for documentary films.
na Who8muhrice
82
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na Ag0stoMesmer
4
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[2D TV] Surprisingly affecting film, showing the works 'through' the awe and enthusiasm of the investigators -a likeable and slightly eccentric bunch- was a great move. It's a shame some were dubbed but perhaps subtitles would 'break' the 3d. Unusual and stylish soundtrack.
na friendo55
84
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I really wish I could've watched this in 3D - and I can't believe I'm saying that.
na bkam
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na Hkit
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na luminais
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na Rozno
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na JEbel72
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na ichichich
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na Grouchy
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na gabaguillar
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na funkybusnss
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na megandsmith
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na toby5
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na barbarrett
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na Chazz Chetly
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na WoozyB
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na dforman
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na payens
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Enhanced experience if seen on 3D at the British Museum.
na undinum
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na smoore_lfc
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na dusticus
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na HVM
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na david99
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na Merc
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na Jos
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na littlepanda
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na jgreenwood
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na pzingg
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na bad_juice
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na neymarx
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na MurphDick
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na GSteve
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na ed ved
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na harlingtoxad
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na matilda
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na upagainst
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na albrowne
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na siegfriedwa
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na LouisMazzini
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na felixm85
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na GadnoKopele
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na finkly
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na ErikaC
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na babyoneeye
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na ajcabrer1
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na bearjazz
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na Actionberg
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The immobile closeup shots of the cave paintings are the finest implementation of 3D I've ever seen; the astounding and borderline spiritual depth that is elicited from this technique is very memorable. However, anything not related to the former is so jarring and pointless. Why does the entire documentary have to feature 3D effects, especially when it's just a guy sitting in a room talking to Herzog? Everyone should probably see it, but the director has done better.
na alexandrsaar
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na PerryStroika
67
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With 3D this is a truly unforgettable experience.
na Josh Forrest
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na b4con
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na Bandy
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na guppy
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na donquixotic
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na GothamCity
40
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na Luk92
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na AceySaid10%
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na pl_
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na Mubear
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na DTI
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na dzacharyt
13
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na julianaesk
85
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na kpmlrtx
55
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na caiman
86
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A beautiful movie, visually and thematically. I dislike 3D, but this was an exception. The depth and curvature of the amazing walls came to life with the effect. Hopefully this film will serve as precedent of the potential artistic merits of 3D.
na Bocuma
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na IsaacR
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na luchatein
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na Ranald
50
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The cave paintings are extraordinary and it's a privilege to see them. However, the interview portions are so slow and uninformative, with interesting facts being parceled out at such long intervals, that the movie ends up being a drag.
na Kermit
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na SickForay
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na Spitzoid
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na gloam
70
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na Dunstan-x
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na danastevens
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If you're interested in the history of the human race-if you're a member of the human race-you owe it to yourself to see this movie.
na Cornica
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na prior
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na blucthulhu
60
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na cayh
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na ritamaria
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na Scottathon
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na Temptershell
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na maul.77
84
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na PDMChubby
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na Nathan S
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I really should've seen this in 3D. Nonetheless, it's a good movie. Being Herzog, you should expect more than archaeology, history, and facts. He fills the narration with poetics, delves into some of the scientists' personal eccentricities, and digresses from his main subject. There's not anything much wrong with it, but it doesn't hit me quite as hard as a lot of his other work.
na manwich
70
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na Digger
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na patrickped
75
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na dogus37
69
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na lippecesar
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na Rufflesack
50
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oldgoat pretty much says it. The paintings are spectacular, interesting, awe-inspiring - the use of 3D an inspired act in itself. But basically, this is a documentary about one particularly large canvas of painting, where most of what fills the canvas is fairly similar, and it lasts 90 minutes which is easily twice as long as it should be. A lot of interesting stuff but it's really not a singularly solid documentary like Grizzly Man was. Must be seen though, and in 3D.
na jimmyjazz
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na Gordon Cole
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na felipelahm
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na thatgreatwar
78
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na Achk
7
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na jacobb1313
79
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Whatever. This film completely worked for me. Herzog envelops you in the idea that this art... has been around... for 30,000 years. For comparison, Christianity has been around for 2,000. From that perspective, these scratches of horses on cave walls hold profound cultural and spiritual resonance, something proto and primal, that I think validates all of Herzog's funky wanderings into albino crocodiles. It's something beyond him, definitely, to explain, but also way beyond us.
na jspidah
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na redmdb
83
T2
na Beej
70
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na martin846
85
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na mehdirik
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na -Vahid-
75
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na auhasarderik
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Narrative is shapeless and overlong, but its subject matter, presentations and the expected insights and ruminations of Herzog make an interesting journey, which includes a final silent montage of astounding power and beauty.
na joseywales
62
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Quite disappointing. I went in expecting another fantastic Herzogian Documentary and instead got a Discovery Channel special. The art and its history were fantastic but the film just wasn't.
na rant1229
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na fahasch
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na FreddieQuell
73
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na sa1988
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na Holygrail2
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na Timmer
75
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na dormice
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na Maps
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na jcphoenix
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na MartinTeller
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Herzog narrates the film with his usual spellbinding tones, waxing poetic about the mysteries of the universe. It does occasionally resemble self-parody but I could listen to that guy talk all day. It's not one of his best docs, though. It could use some more interesting interview subjects or some more esoteric tangents. As interesting as the caves are, they don't seem to be quite enough to sustain 90 minutes on their own. But, some mild repetitiveness aside, it's a rather captivating study.
na day.vid
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na tomservo5
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na C12H17N2O4P
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na Suldrup
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na zopz
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na goffer
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na IluvMovies
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na toro913
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"As with all of Herzog's nonfiction efforts, it's spellbound by the wonder of man's relationship to his surroundings." - Nick Schager
na honeycuttwc
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na PeterdeJ
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na wpp
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na batui
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na Henrik
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na darthfrede
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na mdfleming80
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na cRckls
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na Darkling
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na Szeretlek
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na DeadFox
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na cruelclown
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na Maandysheera
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na Edson Abas
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na gam01
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na balseiros
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na Meowfresh
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na mattytron
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na Simon M.
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na Zen Lunatic
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na feralgreen
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na norval_jones
55
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na coutinho
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na Nilsbar
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na bones_r
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na kakivsjok
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na jethro
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na ggggg1
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na CHOICECOD
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na Telemecus
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na Cinema_Asia
75
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In typical Herzog fashion he tries to uncover the thought process behind the subject of this documentary. In this case it's paleolithic artists who painted incredible images in a cave in France. It's great just to hear the wonderment in describing the mindset and the intent on capturing kinetic movement and "frames" that we take as normal. The focus though seems to be the spiritual conjoining of man and his environment. The sense of self is just a depiction on the wall that is timeless.
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