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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 yamface
7
T8
na kristiankarl
87
T10
na Timmer
75
T8
na dead man
87
T9
na JEbel72
98
T10
na IMDb-byvotes
75
T7
na Darth Jenius
50
T5
na nicks112
86
T7
na frankslater
85
T6
na Ag0stoMesmer
4
T10
[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 moonsmilk
85
T6
na joaobaldoni
75
T6
na Henrik
70
T6
na Communicants
85
T9
na DavidJohnson
67
T5
Interesting, but about 45 minutes too long. Would have been a better 1 hour TV special or something. Lot's of long shots of art that ultimately looks like it was done by a 12 year old. Maybe I'm the only one, but the art isn't the thing that's interesting, it's the backstory of what could have taken place, and something so historic that's interesting, so I'm sorry if I'm bored by a 10 minute slideshow with no dialogue near the end.
na cRckls
60
T4
na abstraktruth
70
T6
na dusticus
100
T10
na bearjazz
80
T6
na DrinkMilk
75
T9
na Cantstopdrew
81
T8
na MontyCircus
20
T2
na AVclub
7
T6
na Dicke_Taube
50
T2
na megandsmith
80
T3
na Darkling
70
T7
na KTP
46
T5
na Gui
80
T8
na d_drudges
70
T8
Herzog turns something that should have been boring as hell into something fascinating. As usual, Herzog strikes the perfect balance between letting his footage speak for itself and leading the audience on. I'd take these cave paintings over "modern" art every day.
na TrixRabbi
70
T4
Very slow, very dry. The cave is amazing, but it feels like Herzog is treading water far too often. It honestly would have worked much better as a short.
na bof
75
T7
na electriccafe
55
T3
na PDMChubby
75
T5
na tinysausage
75
T7
The usual Herzog concoction of beauty, poetry, eccentrics and... alligators. Again.
na Kagemand
8
T8
na TenSpades
80
T6
na Prof. Sebby
70
T6
na kpmlrtx
55
T7
na dormice
85
T8
na finkly
70
T7
na Meta Critic
86
T10
na lauratron
80
T8
na mdfleming80
82
T7
na ErikaC
100
T10
na HVM
60
T4
na Raimondi
73
T6
na timmytom
80
T8
na mgroves1
95
T10
na Maandysheera
82
T9
na Hushimitzu
80
T5
na ekxon
85
T7
na yesistasty
96
T10
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 roybenshai
88
T7
na alexandrsaar
79
T7
na xmoffx
3
T4
na Nathan S
75
T6
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 Uhrmacher
85
T6
na jodamico
82
T9
There were some missed opportunities, and a weird tension between the History Channel bits and the Herzogy-bits, but there were also moments of almost unutterable beauty. That ten-minute or so montage at the end of all the paintings was breathtaking. The 3D truly was imperative - not just on the texture of the wall as I anticipated but in a myriad of little ways, like the way it brought out the sparkling crystal surface of the cave.
na Actionberg
70
T6
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 blahzor
78
T7
na DougieD
80
T6
na gabehabash
60
T4
na Digger
72
T4
na Plotinus
50
T2
na Bandy
65
T3
na Achk
7
T8
na b4con
90
T9
na adamquelch
75
T6
na Josh Forrest
70
T8
na friendo55
84
T7
I really wish I could've watched this in 3D - and I can't believe I'm saying that.
na CFoxtrot
80
T8
na MentalCritic
75
T8
na NhanLa
60
T4
na funkybusnss
60
T4
na hazelhawks
53
T4
na flowing
61
T5
na t_briggs
88
T8
na schedrevka
80
T4
na Carlospro
85
T9
na Cornica
80
T7
na krf7
50
T4
Sort of a hybrid Herzog film/Discovery Channel film that doesn't do well in either category. From an information perspective, not enough is explained about the cave and its place in history, and from the Herzog perspective, his deep-thinking questions are a bit bizarre and daft even for him. Have to give it a little credit, though, because this might be the only real-time look we ever get at this cave.
na Moribunny
70
T8
Saw this in 2d unfortunately, but it's pretty great anyway. I'm no longer sure why I ever doubted that Herzog would be capable of getting an engaging hour and a half out of a single cave. He does foray into scientists' speculations about paleolithic Europe in general, and generally pursues everything these cave paintings might make you wonder.
na Ranald
50
T2
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 pristina
60
T4
na bones_r
70
T6
na cayh
80
T8
na OMGFridge
70
T7
Interesting subject matter yet I never felt fully engulfed or transported by Herzog. More like a very solid tv special.
na Jos
80
T7
na readingowl
75
T2
na lippecesar
89
T9
na pjdevitt
87
T10
na drreza
80
T6
na Chazz Chetly
75
T8
na Jarmann
69
T4
na jgreenwood
85
T9
na gazpacho
55
T4
na Jake_R
90
T10
na filmaffinity
73
T9
na mtks
100
T7
na bobyang
70
T6
na danastevens
100
T10
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 immolations
76
T9
na Rigters
75
T6
na p00q
85
T9
na ozonepaul
92
T8
na awprokop
65
T7
na karamazov.
72
T6
Better than whatever documentary's on television right now, I guess. Ending was excellent.
na NoSex
80
T8
na norval_jones
55
T2
na upagainst
85
T5
na beast
6
T6
na wokelstein
63
T4
na educhristoph
90
T10
na ColonelTigh
89
T4
na Dogubomb
50
T6
na FreddieQuell
73
T6
na AYLE
90
T10
na strangelime
85
T7
na mellini
91
T8
na peakovsky
70
T4
na bernardobrum
87
T8
na mawy
99
T6
na dflanny
70
T3
na mjm8458
4
T9
na Golfingdanls
7
T7
na Aron Ericson
69
T7
na bad_juice
45
T7
na jspidah
78
T9
na marcelvidal
85
T9
na Coredor
70
T6
na Mubear
79
T5
na fabioleal
71
T6
na Parallax
83
T7
na JasonKDarby
80
T8
na schnofel
54
T5
na aliceporto
96
T10
na zamanzaman
74
T8
na overrated
68
T8
na herge
60
T5
na aethling
65
T6
na coutinho
79
T8
na caiman
86
T9
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 kurisu1974
80
T10
na ornizen
75
T7
na fabiovisnadi
93
T7
na ericdupont
85
T8
na danozu
70
T7
na grogg
64
T4
na ktothea
90
T10
na ichichich
98
T10
na NRM02
55
T5
na -Vahid-
75
T5
na closedmouth
70
T4
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 guppy
70
T7
na Lobo_Lopez
79
T8
na gabaguillar
92
T8
na richard_1979
70
T3
na zydernine
90
T10
na darthfrede
50
T2
na willow
40
T3
na cambelboy
70
T6
na Gesine
74
T5
na daisylegs
70
T6
na janus
70
T5
A little too wacky for a straight doc but doesn't take enough steps in that direction to become a "film essay" like Koyaanisqatsi or F for Fake. Still, the paintings and the cave are fantastic, and captured well. I wasn't able to see it in 3d, which I gather is an essential part of the experience for once.
na ed ved
86
T6
na drstrangeluv
80
T8
Even without the 3D, this is still a thoroughly engrossing documentary. Watch as Werner explores what we can learn about our existence by studying 32,000 year old cave paintings. And of course, it wouldn't be a Herzog documentary without musings on things such as the art criticism of albino crocodiles.
na etherealtard
73
T5
na xombiemonkey
70
T7
na jojomill
65
T1
na orkunersin
75
T8
na ailm
55
T5
na Barkinson
50
T4
na Merc
70
T5
na BadCosmonaut
60
T7
na ggggg1
86
T9
na angrypierre
88
T10
A truly beautiful film. Herzog clearly loves the subject matter, and balances between image, fact and his own flights of fancy of interpretation. Just looking at the paintings is half an hour. The expert testimony is another half hour. The rest is Herzog taking you on a journey of imagination. He tells you what he thinks and feels, but ultimately leaves the viewer to interpret what they see. Fantastic.
na Gody85
54
T7
na adidawha
80
T8
na ritamaria
85
T9
na cruelclown
85
T9
na bakcheia
85
T8
Very slow, but rewarding.
na skopofil
79
T6
na Warren
81
T6
na Phelipe
80
T7
na ajcabrer1
75
T2
na Randomized
65
T7
na netsirhc
7
T6
na jethro
80
T7
na Bocuma
90
T8
na redmdb
83
T2
na Mattsdmf
80
T7
na toby5
80
T8
na dogus37
69
T7
na Meowfresh
99
T10
na Suldrup
80
T9
na Janky
78
T8
na Mr. Mocata
77
T2
na brendoman
89
T6
Caves are awesome and so is Werner Herzog so I really dug it.
na rahsirrah
70
T8
na manifold
80
T8
na kubrick86
80
T7
na daniel.kojak
79
T7
na NRM01
45
T2
na MCR
86
T10
na cosmocean
80
T5
na auhasarderik
55
T6
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 TarantinOle
75
T7
na Holygrail2
90
T7
na danieldebem
87
T9
na PerryStroika
67
T8
With 3D this is a truly unforgettable experience.
na IsaacFord
85
T5
na ifudontknow
78
T3
na goffer
92
T7
na tdawson48
76
T8
na Edson Abas
60
T5
na siegfriedwa
80
T8
na luchatein
82
T4
na izukaitz
100
T9
na Temptershell
83
T8
na Colten97
90
T5
na !Marx
85
T9
na Telemecus
22
T2
na GothamCity
40
T4
na CHOICECOD
74
T4
na MurphDick
85
T7
na theficionado
75
T8
na manwich
70
T5
na Dan41
70
T5
na nrm5
80
T10
na psych0naut
60
T2
na pilgermann
60
T4
I'm glad I got to see this, but it was sorta disappointing. The people that are featured are nice intelligent folks, but they aren't the interesting sorts that the director finds, not even the perfume expert. Herzog's narration also isn't as clever or inspired. There's a long stretch towards the end of nothing but paintings and music, and it's beautiful. The 3D effect is impressive with almost tangible contours of stone and ghostly lighting. Would've worked better if it were shorter.
na bal3x
70
T7
na VJC
10
T6
na E-dubs
90
T9
na Electronic6
80
T7
na mannylage
90
T6
na Gobman
85
T7
na Suture Self
80
T8
na filmcricket
78
T9
na littlepanda
93
T6
na luc
70
T7
na malinowski
30
T5
na oread
80
T8
na Vali�
90
T9
For an archeology geek like me, Cave of forgotten dreams was an unforgettable experience and no one could've done it better than Werner Herzog.
na Madeline
100
T10
na Dunstan-x
77
T8
na cdub12
62
T4
na !nsomn!a
80
T7
na NRM03
61
T5
na dforman
70
T6
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