Criticker.com - Film Recommendations and Community
login | register
0 films ranked
profile
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)
Probable Score
Not Enough Info
Your Rating
500 characters left
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
Additional Information & Actions
More information at IMDb
Buy
loading Loading Products from Amazon and Ebay
Loading...
loading
Loading...
loading
Show:All Rankings | With Reviews
Order by:TCI | Tier | Date Ranked | # Stars (Reviews)
TCI User Score
na O_o
88
T8
na kubrick86
80
T7
na closedmouth 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 littlepanda littlepanda
93
T6
na t_briggs
88
T8
na filmcricket
78
T9
na Merc Merc
70
T5
na Cornica Cornica
80
T7
na icarusdive icarusdive
89
T7
na JasonKDarby
80
T8
na comepelicula comepelicula
70
T7
na Bocuma
90
T8
na flowing flowing
61
T5
na luchatein luchatein
82
T4
na Cerebrus Cerebrus
60
T5
na Tova Tova
75
T9
na dormice dormice
85
T8
na krf7 krf7
50
T3
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 AICHEG AICHE
78
T8
na Ag0stoMesmer 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 -Vahid-
75
T5
na jacobb1313 jacobb1313
79
T7
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 fabioleal
71
T6
na roger-ebert
35
T8
na Moribunny 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 cruelclown
85
T9
na viniciusjn viniciusjn
90
T9
na ahamel7896 ahamel7896
8
T8
na dzacharyt
13
T2
na honeycuttwc
70
T8
na tinysausage tinysausage
75
T7
The usual Herzog concoction of beauty, poetry, eccentrics and... alligators. Again.
na venice venice
80
T8
na Gesine Gesine
74
T5
na PerryStroika PerryStroika
67
T8
With 3D this is a truly unforgettable experience.
na herge
60
T5
na pristina pristina
60
T3
na Debaser__
68
T6
na Temptershell Temptershell
83
T9
na kylie kylie
71
T8
na MaoMao
90
T8
na nrm4
61
T6
na macgyvebot
95
T8
na frankslater
85
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 siegfriedwa
80
T8
na darthfrede darthfrede
50
T2
na FreddieQuell
73
T6
na randori randori
80
T8
na bmmello
95
T10
na Viva_Vox Viva Vox
15
T1
na LittleJoeII
44
T1
na clarkah Prof. Sebby
70
T6
na TenSpades
80
T6
na moonsmilk moonsmilk
85
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 Hkit
89
T7
na joseywales joseywales
62
T4
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 Kerc Kerc
10
T2
na firebirdekb
70
T6
na lineuphere lineuphere
78
T6
na undinum undinum
75
T6
na drummerx357
83
T5
na readingowl
75
T2
na SeanBerndorff SeanBerndorff
60
T5
na laika laika
73
T6
na Darkling Darkling
70
T7
na Coredor Coredor
70
T6
na mannylage mannylage
90
T6
na sebby sebby
60
T4
One of Herzog's poorer documentary efforts.
na luc luc
70
T7
na aurora aurora
72
T8
na pjdevitt
87
T10
na !nsomn!a
80
T7
na greenhil
95
T9
na skopofil skopofil
79
T6
na imdb imdb
77
T9
na Darth_Jenius Darth Jenius
50
T5
na Achk
7
T8
na manwich
70
T5
na JEbel72
98
T10
na karamazov karamazov.
68
T6
Better than whatever documentary's on television right now, I guess. Ending was excellent.
na gazpacho
55
T5
na payens payens
83
T7
Enhanced experience if seen on 3D at the British Museum.
na kellard kellard
85
T7
na Henrik Henrik
70
T6
na ArmondWhite ArmondWhite
5
T7
Leave it to Werner Herzog to find a use for 3D technology that isn't part of some gimmick to hoodwink kids of all ages.
na rlbravo
80
T6
na viewmaster viewmaster
78
T4
na td888 td888
76
T7
na Rufam Rufam
65
T4
Both Herzog's infectious enthusiasm and the inherent fascination of the subject matter result in a lot of awe-inspiring sequences and thought-provoking observations. Still, it's a somewhat overlong and uneven film, one that goes back and forth between genuinely eye-popping footage and commentary and several dull, unnecessary stretches.
na ozonepaul
92
T8
na Dan41 Dan41
70
T5
na badjuice bad_juice
45
T7
na Madeline Madeline
100
T10
na Janky Janky
78
T8
na killcare
59
T2
na C12H17N2O4P C12H17N2O4P
65
T4
na dforman
70
T6
na harlingtoxad
90
T10
na drreza drreza
80
T6
na Linara Linara
97
T9
na cambel cambel
70
T6
na david99
7
T7
na Warren Warren
81
T6
na drstrangeluv 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 DilksOut DilksOut
75
T4
na Colten97
90
T5
na LionEye LionEye
40
T1
na fenixdown fenixdown
74
T5
na striate
70
T5
na Rufflesack Rufflesack
50
T5
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 laughtermade
2
T5
na tdawson48
76
T8
na lauratron lauratron
80
T8
na sdoles sdoles
8
T7
na megandsmith
80
T3
na abesempire
90
T7
na Jake_R
90
T10
na overrated overrated
68
T8
na ailm ailm
55
T5
na Clepsydra Clepsydra
20
T4
na pzingg
88
T6
na mdfleming80
82
T6
na bof bof
75
T7
na Plotinus
50
T2
na NRM01
45
T2
na MontyCircus
20
T2
na aylakadam
80
T6
na spacehamm
90
T10
na educhristoph educhristoph
90
T10
na toupe
100
T10
na stefyforno stefyforno
94
T10
na julianaesk julianaesk
85
T9
na Dunstan_x Dunstan-x
77
T8
na Kojiless Kojiless
67
T4
The paintings are awe-inspiring, and Herzog does an excellent job of poking and prodding the quirky characters who work in and around the cave, but as is the case with most of his movies, CoFD ends up being 15 minutes of content stretched in Herzogian fashion to 60.
na jethro
80
T7
na AYLE
90
T10
na NRM03
61
T5
na KasperL KasperL
40
T3
Beautiful shots and some effective 3D wasn't enough. The interviewees clearly found the cave drawings much more interesting than me.
na whitejeft whitejeft
80
T5
na AshenLight AshenLight
84
T5
na daisylegs daisylegs
70
T6
na Simon M.
77
T6
na jewellrunner jewellrunner
72
T6
na Hushimitzu
80
T5
na ARUCARD ARUCARD
70
T9
na emtilt emtilt
54
T4
(2D version) This film is something of a failure. It's rather unfocused and poorly structured, while also lacking enough content for its length.
na kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
70
T8
na tomelce tomelce
7
T9
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 bearjazz bearjazz
80
T6
na LouisMazzini LouisMazzini
78
T8
na Maandysheera Maandysheera
82
T9
na waterfall
80
T6
na JooJoo JooJoo
7
T8
Werner Herzog has given meaning and value to 3D. Is there anything he can't do?
na Calabria Calabria
81
T6
35,000 years old.
na mawy mawy
99
T6
na jgreenwood jgreenwood
85
T9
na jojomill
65
T1
na Bondo
72
T5
na LoboLopez Lobo_Lopez
79
T8
na RavynLoony
70
T8
na FancyMike
80
T9
na SpaceEcho SpaceEcho
70
T7
na gabehabash gabehabash
60
T4
na norvaljones norval_jones
55
T2
na ibodirector
78
T7
na danieldebem danieldebem
87
T9
na SirTeaBag
84
T6
na Mattsdmf
80
T7
na AceySaid10 AceySaid10%
78
T4
na NeoRaven NeoRaven
79
T9
na Positive Jon
85
T7
na orkunersin orkunersin
75
T8
na WoozyB
95
T10
na grogg grogg
64
T4
na brendoman brendoman
89
T6
Caves are awesome and so is Werner Herzog so I really dug it.
na CHOICECOD CHOICECOD
74
T5
na AVclub
7
T6
na mkellins
65
T7
Herzog does a wonderful job portraying the cave and the paintings. The interviews are also captivating. The film probably needs to be viewed on a big screen, rather than a lap top, to really appreciate the drawings.
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 Nelson Nog
85
T6
na Unanimous
83
T6
na spiritofeden
65
T6
na hubies hubies
80
T8
na Danilolopes Danilolopes
89
T8
na Tomhet Tomhet
73
T8
Herzog could film himself reading a shampoo bottle and it would somehow end up being enthralling and profound.
na Duval Spit
78
T4
na Rigters Rigters
75
T6
na Xarnis Xarnis
83
T7
na matty5190 matty5190
83
T6
na Stradivarius Stradivarius
80
T8
na ru5tyb1ke5
9
T8
na The_Way The Way
0
T6
na ichichich
98
T10
na pilgermann 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 djross djross
80
T9
Very evocative presentation of the timescale of the human individuation process, and of the very long aesthetico-technical circuit unfurling from the cave paintings of the Paleolithic era to the 3D camera of Werner Herzog. The offhand reflections of the interviewees are often as interesting as their accounts of their scientific work and findings. Saw this in 2D. Also: http://www.screeningthepast.com/2011/08/technics-and-time-3-cinematic-time-and-the-question-of-malaise-bernard-stiegler/
na GrandGrommet GrandGrommet
7
T7
na Golfingdanls
7
T7
na cdub12
62
T4
na PDMChubby PDMChubby
75
T5
na Oliveira Oliveira
80
T7
na strangelime
85
T7
na Meowfresh Meowfresh
99
T10
na alternative
7
T7
na scottmcc scott.mcc
70
T6
na maul.77
84
T8
na Guernica Guernica
43
T4
na TrixRabbi 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 camara camara
78
T6
na cayh
80
T8
na Seftref
65
T6
na awprokop
65
T7
na willow
40
T3
na HVM
60
T4
na Timmer
75
T7
na etherealtard
73
T5
na yesistasty 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 fact100 fact100
68
T6
na PFish
65
T7
na pascally
76
T9
na von_krogh von krogh
77
T8
na MrCarmady
82
T5
I want my life to have a Herzog voiceover.
na GSteve
90
T8
na Digger
72
T4
na timmytom
80
T8
na Sardelynn
86
T9
na SlantMag SlantMag
35
T10
"As with all of Herzog's nonfiction efforts, it's spellbound by the wonder of man's relationship to his surroundings." - Nick Schager
na f-adam
70
T7
na Chazz Chetly
75
T8
na KTP KTP
46
T5
na fahasch
95
T8
na kakivsjok kakivsjok
80
T7
na SirRobbie SirRobbie
80
T8
na jcphoenix
60
T4
na CinemaAsia Cinema_Asia
75
T8
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.
na ComradeSolar ComradeSolar
80
T8
na frigmagnet frigmagnet
60
T4
na DavidJohnson 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 hermitek hermitek
86
T9
na kristiankarl
87
T10
na Margaux
91
T10
na LordBeefJerk
70
T7
na blucthulhu
60
T4
na BarbaraV
60
T2
na VJC
10
T6
na RUIMJO
49
T4
na BigEvil Nathan S
3
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 feralgreen
90
T9
na Zeno
75
T7
na MCR
86
T10
Displaying 1 to 250 of 532 total rankings: Prev | Next
Average Tier 6.48 from 532 Rankings rss