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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 kangadoodoo
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na PFish
65
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na Mubear
79
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na waterfall
80
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na givethanks
65
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na bkam
55
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na andymalafaya
55
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na Calabria
81
T6
35,000 years old.
na viewmaster
78
T5
na AshenLight
84
T5
na cmiles
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na bof
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na Raimondi
73
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na fabioleal
71
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na Margaux
91
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na immolations
76
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na lotr-sam0711
40
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na exolstice
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na theguest
89
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na ed ved
86
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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 richard_1979
70
T3
na magnoliakid
80
T1
na roybenshai
88
T7
na Gobman
85
T7
na Josh Forrest
70
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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 darthfrede
50
T2
na lippecesar
89
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na luc
70
T7
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 honeycuttwc
70
T8
na daisylegs
70
T6
na cdub12
62
T4
na kyle.loomis
5
T6
na pyrosexual
80
T7
na Mattsdmf
80
T7
na mbaran
60
T8
na Parallax
83
T7
na Lobo_Lopez
79
T8
na PDMChubby
75
T5
na Zen Lunatic
96
T10
na IMDb-byvotes
75
T7
na -Vahid-
75
T5
na Sardelynn
86
T9
na AVclub
7
T6
na batui
55
T3
na O_o
88
T8
na jojomill
65
T1
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 killcare
59
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na comepelicula
70
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na mallamp
70
T6
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 orkunersin
75
T8
na CHOICECOD
74
T4
na karamazov.
69
T6
Better than whatever documentary's on television right now, I guess. Ending was excellent.
na JasonKDarby
80
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na stailea
75
T3
na hattrik
82
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na 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 ericdupont
85
T8
na Meta Critic
86
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na scott.mc
70
T6
na overrated
68
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na megandsmith
80
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na Spitzoid
85
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na Winston4th
80
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na hazelhawks
53
T4
na JEbel72
98
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na EchoWilder
85
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na Tova
75
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na jrisgod
86
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na Positive Jon
85
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na bmmello
95
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na SeanBerndorff
60
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na 3rdman
6
T4
na Zeno
75
T6
na kastenm
82
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na herge
60
T5
na FancyMike
80
T9
na understamp
70
T7
na Dogubomb
50
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na spacerace
70
T2
na FreddieQuell
73
T6
na wpp
64
T3
na comanchex
87
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na Rufam
65
T5
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 mandy
6
T6
Memorable and insightful - wonderfully narrated and directed by Herzog.
na kakivsjok
80
T7
na albrowne
80
T6
na Maps
75
T6
na oread
80
T8
na alternative
7
T7
na Warren
81
T6
na danieldebem
87
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na flowing
61
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na Darbicus
70
T7
na jgreenwood
85
T9
na lucbapt
95
T9
na DBibby
80
T7
na 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 chemtrails
87
T10
Glad I watched this
na Darkling
70
T7
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 Coredor
70
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na JEMN
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na Merc
70
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na thiemen
7
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na marco_n65
74
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na felipelahm
68
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na stefyforno
94
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na Cantstopdrew
81
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na mgroves1
95
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na Kagemand
8
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na fahasch
95
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na ekc
95
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na mdfleming80
82
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na gabaguillar
92
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na Danilolopes
89
T8
na ChiaGod2313
88
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na RUIMJO
49
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na redmdb
83
T2
na 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 TraverseTown
40
T4
na daniel.kojak
79
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na aaronwhat
70
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na Stradivarius
80
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na drummerx357
83
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na mannylage
90
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na wokelstein
63
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na cRckls
60
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na psych0naut
60
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na firebirdekb
70
T6
na blahzor
78
T7
na 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 samcoarse
85
T9
Quite a stunning hardcut from the second last shot to the shot the final credits roll over. This film makes me consider a few things. Leaving a mark for the future might just be the only admirable beacon someone can light during a life. As well as part of what Herzog covered in the post script, that we are here now, a floating collection of consciousness with no solid state, we have no representation of what is real unless it is hard carved into time like these drawings. How far have we come?
na Phelipe
80
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na saule4u
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na AICHE
78
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na Hushimitzu
80
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na adamreid1
93
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na peekingpanda
55
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na Ammit
90
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na !Marx
85
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na camara
78
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na skopofil
79
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na patrickped
75
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na f-adam
70
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na CFoxtrot
80
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na spacehamm
90
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na Duval Spit
78
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na NRM03
61
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na TenSpades
80
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na bal3x
70
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na Gui
80
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na DeadFox
82
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na LordBeefJerk
70
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na EgbertSouse
85
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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 DetoxP
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T6
na Plotinus
50
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na Prof. Sebby
70
T6
na babyoneeye
100
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na Jos
80
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na JohnnyHarker
8
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na thatgreatwar
78
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na dzacharyt
13
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na Guernica
43
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na Disaster
74
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The subject matter and some of his framing made me feel uncomfortable, like squirming under a bright light. At times, however, I felt the pacing to be a bit too meandering and flighty. The end bit was staggering, though.
na imdb
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na avgcrtckr
65
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na Nelson Nog
85
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na WoozyB
95
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na pristina
60
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na julianaesk
85
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na Kermit
83
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na PeterdeJ
60
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na finkly
70
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na MontyCircus
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na gazpacho
55
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na lauratron
80
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na Aron Ericson
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na closedmouth
70
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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 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 ekxon
85
T7
na matilda
5
T1
na Scottathon
76
T7
na goffer
92
T7
na jakncoke
77
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na ColonelTigh
89
T4
na Cornica
80
T7
na upagainst
85
T5
na 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 cosmocean
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na quez2go
66
T4
Much more interesting than I expected, and some beautiful visuals, but longer than it needs to be and lulled me into a rather pleasant sleep for about 20 minutes in the middle.
na p00q
85
T9
na The Way
0
T6
na Timmer
75
T8
na Tomhet
73
T7
Herzog could film himself reading a shampoo bottle and it would somehow end up being enthralling and profound.
na Golfingdanls
7
T7
na dormice
85
T8
na Derekstar
60
T4
To be honest, it felt like Herzog had about an hour (or perhaps even less) of useful footage, and elected out of necessity to show the same paintings several times from different perspectives. That's how it felt, anyways. I'm a huge fan of Herzog, and if you ask me every one of his documentaries are worth seeing. But Cave of Forgotten Dreams is one of his lesser ones. And as to the 3D, I can't see 3D in movies, so it quite literally added nothing for me.
na gwynplaine
85
T7
na LouisMazzini
78
T8
na danozu
70
T7
na peakovsky
70
T4
na GSteve
90
T8
na kellard
85
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na !nsomn!a
80
T7
na kylie
71
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na nihilanth
75
T6
na NRM01
45
T2
na readingowl
75
T2
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 ktothea
90
T10
na zurnzurn
70
T7
na felixm85
80
T7
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 Viva Vox
15
T1
na doughbaron
77
T8
na TAYLOR-MANIA
90
T7
na IluvMovies
0
T1
na gloam
70
T5
na PerryStroika
67
T8
With 3D this is a truly unforgettable experience.
na jspidah
78
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na Darth Jenius
50
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na Gordon Cole
74
T6
na ahamel7896
8
T8
na littlepanda
93
T6
na felipetschuk
70
T8
na 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 hardcoreufo
70
T3
na educhristoph
90
T10
na ibodirector
78
T7
na aethling
65
T6
na toby5
80
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na Kisbye
70
T6
na ARUCARD
70
T9
na greenhil
95
T9
na Linara
97
T9
na marcelvidal
85
T9
na grodrig1
94
T9
na norbasha
82
T5
na ailm
55
T5
na adamquelch
75
T6
na mjm8458
4
T9
na Jehan
70
T5
na Gody85
54
T7
na Temptershell
83
T8
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