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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 Vmfs
7
T6
na Szeretlek
90
T6
na aliceporto
96
T10
na striate
70
T6
na ichichich
98
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na cruelclown
85
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na dewall
74
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na HVM
60
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na Prof. Sebby
70
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na Chazz Chetly
75
T8
na cayh
80
T8
na ARUCARD
70
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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 felipelahm
68
T7
na camara
78
T6
na lotr-sam0711
40
T2
na abesempire
90
T7
na MurphDick
85
T7
na Rozno
80
T6
na littlepanda
93
T6
na Darkling
70
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na Janky
78
T8
na SeanBerndorff
60
T5
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 Darth Jenius
50
T5
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 Randomized
65
T7
na ggggg1
86
T9
na SirRobbie
80
T8
na stefyforno
94
T10
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 aurora
72
T8
na honeycuttwc
70
T8
na Dunstan-x
77
T8
na VJC
10
T6
na oldgoat
50
T2
Poorly put together. No flow. Focused too much on one detail then jumped past a big theme. This could have been so good and the shots of the drawings were beautiful but that's about it.
na gloam
70
T5
na alternative
7
T7
na felipetschuk
70
T8
na EgbertSouse
85
T7
na Uhrmacher
85
T6
na darthfrede
50
T2
na nrm5
80
T10
na Mr. Mocata
77
T2
na td888
76
T7
na fabiovisnadi
93
T7
na tdawson48
76
T8
na pyrosexual
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 waterfall
80
T6
na electriccafe
55
T3
na AVclub
7
T6
na bmmello
95
T10
na RUIMJO
49
T4
na cambel
70
T6
na fabioleal
71
T6
na Carlospro
85
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na Jarmann
69
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na Cantstopdrew
81
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na ChiaGod2313
88
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na mattytron
80
T6
na 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 OMGFridge
70
T7
Interesting subject matter yet I never felt fully engulfed or transported by Herzog. More like a very solid tv special.
na Suldrup
80
T9
na ahamel7896
8
T8
na timmytom
80
T8
na grogg
64
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na LittleJoeII
44
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na Hkit
89
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na theguest
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na ibodirector
78
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na IluvMovies
0
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na Plotinus
50
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na viewmaster
78
T5
na zurnzurn
70
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na Golfingdanls
7
T7
na Darbicus
70
T7
na Sarah2492
70
T6
na Dicke_Taube
50
T2
na mandy
6
T6
Memorable and insightful - wonderfully narrated and directed by Herzog.
na frankslater
85
T6
na nicks112
86
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na cmiles
99
T10
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 ericdupont
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na Josh Forrest
70
T8
na scook
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na aaronwhat
70
T4
na manwich
70
T5
na killersmalls
85
T8
na Cerebrus
60
T5
na adamreid1
93
T8
na blucthulhu
60
T4
na Zen Lunatic
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na majelus
70
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na kylie
71
T8
na benrag
63
T5
na filmcricket
78
T9
na imdb
77
T9
na flowing
61
T5
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 Merc
70
T5
na ed ved
86
T6
na neymarx
91
T8
na MentalCritic
75
T8
na blahzor
78
T7
na Colten97
90
T5
na macgyvebot
95
T8
na roybenshai
88
T7
na scott.mc
70
T6
na bearjazz
80
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na luc
70
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na richard_1979
70
T3
na Warren
81
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na nrm4
61
T6
na prior
76
T4
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 frankswild
80
T8
na DougieD
80
T6
na Meta Critic
86
T10
na NRM02
55
T5
na Grouchy
87
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na jimmyjazz
79
T9
na NRM01
45
T2
na wpp
64
T3
na IMDb-byvotes
75
T7
na Beej
70
T5
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 mbaran
60
T8
na Zeno
75
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na FancyMike
80
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na Stradivarius
80
T8
na Danilolopes
89
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na The Way
0
T6
na FreddieQuell
73
T6
na IsaacR
7
T5
na adidawha
80
T8
na lippecesar
89
T9
na harlingtoxad
90
T10
na ze_qualquer
50
T6
na Hushimitzu
80
T5
na mjm8458
4
T9
na oread
80
T8
na brendoman
89
T6
Caves are awesome and so is Werner Herzog so I really dug it.
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 fartblaster
65
T5
na saudade
57
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na Gui
80
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na C12H17N2O4P
65
T4
na Positive Jon
85
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na GadnoKopele
96
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na givethanks
65
T6
na greenhil
95
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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 theficionado
75
T8
na kangadoodoo
70
T8
na dormice
85
T8
na gam01
60
T4
na babyoneeye
100
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na ArmondWhite
5
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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 Margaux
91
T10
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 Gody85
54
T7
na gazpacho
55
T4
na adamquelch
75
T6
na cosmocean
80
T5
na luchatein
82
T4
na donquixotic
80
T10
na JohnnyHarker
8
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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 coutinho
79
T8
na Meowfresh
99
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na DeadFox
82
T6
na bones_r
70
T6
na AceySaid10%
78
T4
na SickForay
80
T8
na LordBeefJerk
70
T7
na Simon M.
77
T6
na d_drudges
70
T9
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 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 f-adam
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na Cornica
80
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na kpmlrtx
55
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na malinowski
30
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na Maps
75
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na AYLE
90
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na elixir
32
T2
na Parallax
83
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na kertenkele
80
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na understamp
70
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na pascally
76
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na Jos
80
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na LouisMazzini
78
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na Unanimous
83
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na wikke
90
T10
Herzog decided to share this cave with us, and I'm very glad he did. He firmly frames the cave and the drawings within spirituality. And to me, that is where the real strength of this film lies. The music, atmosphere and (rather typically murky) 3D image add to the experience in a positive way. For an evening I found myself again completely immersed in Herzog's way of thinking. Recommended!
na day.vid
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na beast
6
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na Phelipe
80
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na Maandysheera
82
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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 magnoliakid
80
T1
na goffer
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na schedrevka
80
T4
na Digger
72
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na t_briggs
88
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na undinum
75
T6
na pjdevitt
87
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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 xmoffx
3
T4
na herge
60
T5
na Lobo_Lopez
79
T8
na orkunersin
75
T8
na awprokop
65
T7
na jojomill
65
T1
na avgcrtckr
65
T8
na mgroves1
95
T10
na NeoRaven
79
T9
na fenixdown
74
T5
na educhristoph
90
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na Bondo
72
T5
na Scottathon
76
T7
na killcare
59
T2
na immolations
76
T9
na Dogubomb
50
T6
na Disaster
74
T5
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 doughbaron
77
T8
na !Marx
85
T9
na jspidah
78
T9
na gabehabash
60
T4
na Ammit
90
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na thatgreatwar
78
T8
na toro913
54
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na Jehan
70
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na nihilanth
75
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na PerryStroika
67
T8
With 3D this is a truly unforgettable experience.
na peakovsky
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T4
na pristina
60
T4
na daisylegs
70
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na cranky
75
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na matty5190
83
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na Mubear
79
T5
na ROSBB
8
T8
na danozu
70
T7
na drreza
80
T6
na ru5tyb1ke5
9
T8
na IMDBpredict
74
T8
na thiemen
7
T8
na bkam
55
T2
na moonsmilk
85
T6
na Madeline
100
T10
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