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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 kyle.loomis
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na bof
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na marcelvidal
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na encryptic
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na bmmello
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na DrinkMilk
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na andymalafaya
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na Cinema_Asia
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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.
na saule4u
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na mawy
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na ibodirector
78
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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 dormice
85
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na camara
78
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na xombiemonkey
70
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na strangelime
85
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na siegfriedwa
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na Electronic6
80
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na FreddieQuell
73
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na danieldebem
87
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na atcsams
80
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na LionEye
40
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na Mattsdmf
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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 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 bones_r
70
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na IsaacR
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na waterfall
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na jgreenwood
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na awprokop
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na IluvMovies
0
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na VJC
10
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na matilda
5
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na manwich
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na ekxon
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na mtks
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na pl_
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na givethanks
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na jojomill
65
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na JEMN
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na toby5
80
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na Communicants
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na Derekstar
60
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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 fenixdown
74
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na Tylerlee06
100
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na DougieD
80
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na mannylage
90
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na Madeline
100
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na aylakadam
80
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na fartblaster
65
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na NeoRaven
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na frankslater
85
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na sdoles
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na jrisgod
86
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na felipelahm
68
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na kurisu1974
80
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na bakcheia
85
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Very slow, but rewarding.
na Seftref
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na Josh Forrest
70
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na cRckls
60
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na Linara
97
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na Cerebrus
60
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na Edson Abas
55
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na luchatein
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na aethling
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na adamreid1
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na zurnzurn
70
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na bennyg
70
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na theficionado
75
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na Gesine
74
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na DerDude
6
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na xxzcuzxx
35
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na LordBeefJerk
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na MontyCircus
20
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na ajcabrer1
75
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na ritamaria
85
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na Holygrail2
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na t_briggs
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na honeycuttwc
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na Grouchy
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na benrag
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na EchoWilder
85
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na manifold
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na killersmalls
85
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na electriccafe
55
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na jimmyjazz
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na psych0naut
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na Gody85
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na norval_jones
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na Nathan S
75
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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 ColonelTigh
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na Mubear
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na hardcoreufo
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na NRM03
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na brandonpcv
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na BaalMan
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na GothamCity
40
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na sebby
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One of Herzog's poorer documentary efforts.
na Dan41
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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 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 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 scook
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na JEbel72
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na xmoffx
3
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na Beej
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na sa1988
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na Spitzoid
85
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na Vmfs
7
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na ahamel7896
8
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na toupe
100
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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 brendoman
89
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Caves are awesome and so is Werner Herzog so I really dug it.
na educhristoph
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na J-Max
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na AYLE
90
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na Duval Spit
78
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na MCR
86
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na ozonepaul
92
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na ericdupont
85
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na bad_juice
45
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na kubrick86
80
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na Bocuma
90
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na stailea
75
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na WoozyB
95
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na The Way
0
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na alexandrsaar
79
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na Mr. Mocata
77
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na cranky
75
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na danozu
70
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na AVclub
7
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na filmaffinity
73
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na dewall
74
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na darthfrede
50
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na Cantstopdrew
81
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na Jake_R
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na Parallax
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na martin846
85
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na imdb
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na viewmaster
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na IMDBpredict
74
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na felixm85
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na dzacharyt
13
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na Temptershell
83
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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 ggggg1
86
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na moonsmilk
85
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na Achk
7
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na BadSmile
80
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na nrm4
61
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na Kojiless
67
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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 C12H17N2O4P
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na aliceporto
96
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na tinysausage
75
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The usual Herzog concoction of beauty, poetry, eccentrics and... alligators. Again.
na MentalCritic
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na f-adam
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na donquixotic
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na Rigters
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na laika
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na ARUCARD
70
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na ekc
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na nrm5
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na Timmer
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na p00q
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na weirdyoda
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na fabioleal
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na janus
70
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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 karamazov.
69
T6
Better than whatever documentary's on television right now, I guess. Ending was excellent.
na Warren
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na mbaran
60
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na aurora
72
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na jakncoke
77
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na comepelicula
70
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na E-dubs
90
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na bearjazz
80
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na kylie
71
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na Zen Lunatic
96
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na ailm
55
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na david99
7
T7
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 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 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 mehdirik
95
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na jcphoenix
60
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na DoubleJ-B
75
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na luc
70
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na matty5190
83
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na DTI
71
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na Danilolopes
89
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na kedar1981
80
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na Jarmann
69
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na Kerc
10
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na Sardelynn
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na kastenm
82
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na SickForay
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na mkellins
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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 frigmagnet
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na Lobo_Lopez
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na nicks112
86
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na GSteve
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na ifudontknow
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na Meta Critic
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na felipetschuk
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na Jehan
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na daisylegs
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na lippecesar
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na zydernine
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na pascally
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na jewellrunner
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na SlantMag
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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 kangadoodoo
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na zopz
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na ErikaC
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na barbarrett
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na Cornica
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na dforman
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na davidgn
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na debaser1985
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na NRM02
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na Szeretlek
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na kpmlrtx
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na schedrevka
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na roybenshai
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na EgbertSouse
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na Suldrup
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na maul.77
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na bal3x
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na rahsirrah
70
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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 Ercan
6
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na Janky
78
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na zamanzaman
74
T8
na Merc
70
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na SeanBerndorff
60
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na Hushimitzu
80
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na Tova
75
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na cosmocean
80
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na Telemecus
22
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na batui
55
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na Viva Vox
15
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na Hkit
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na ktothea
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na djross
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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 doughbaron
77
T8
na RUIMJO
49
T4
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 FancyMike
80
T9
na norbasha
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T5
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