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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 sebby
60
T4
One of Herzog's poorer documentary efforts.
na viewmaster
78
T4
na 3rdman
6
T4
na fartblaster
65
T5
na Lobo_Lopez
79
T8
na BaalMan
70
T4
na JEbel72
98
T10
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 MurphDick
85
T7
na schnofel
54
T5
na Aron Ericson
69
T7
na JohnnyHarker
8
T9
na weirdyoda
76
T4
na TAYLOR-MANIA
90
T7
na Danilolopes
89
T8
na debaser1985
75
T8
na ailm
55
T5
na alternative
7
T7
na The Way
0
T6
na Gesine
74
T5
na Merc
70
T5
na scook
87
T7
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 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 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 lotr-sam0711
40
T2
na Carlospro
85
T9
na Grouchy
87
T8
na dogus37
69
T7
na netsirhc
7
T6
na Gody85
54
T7
na NRM01
45
T2
na psych0naut
60
T2
na JasonKDarby
80
T8
na batui
55
T3
na atcsams
80
T5
na bearjazz
80
T6
na drreza
80
T6
na jspidah
78
T9
na norbasha
82
T5
na gwynplaine
85
T7
na neymarx
91
T8
na JooJoo
7
T8
Werner Herzog has given meaning and value to 3D. Is there anything he can't do?
na PerryStroika
67
T8
With 3D this is a truly unforgettable experience.
na JEMN
90
T9
na manwich
70
T5
na flowing
61
T5
na frankslater
85
T6
na Golfingdanls
7
T7
na Scottathon
76
T7
na comepelicula
70
T7
na Coredor
70
T6
na gloam
70
T5
na pzingg
88
T6
na NeoRaven
79
T9
na ErikaC
100
T10
na Mr. Mocata
77
T2
na aurora
72
T8
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 EgbertSouse
85
T7
na magnoliakid
80
T1
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 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 Margaux
91
T10
na DougieD
80
T6
na jkwall
7
T7
na bmmello
95
T10
na cayh
80
T8
na Viva Vox
15
T1
na kedar1981
80
T8
na GrandGrommet
8
T8
na karamazov.
68
T6
Better than whatever documentary's on television right now, I guess. Ending was excellent.
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 Barkinson
50
T4
na littlepanda
93
T6
na Hkit
89
T7
na brandonpcv
66
T6
na Timmer
75
T7
na mgroves1
95
T10
na Chazz Chetly
75
T8
na megandsmith
80
T3
na Kagemand
8
T8
na kurisu1974
80
T10
na joaobaldoni
75
T6
na honeycuttwc
70
T8
na gabehabash
60
T4
na Raimondi
73
T6
na felixm85
80
T7
na aylakadam
80
T6
na bkam
55
T2
na herge
60
T5
na ozonepaul
92
T8
na matty5190
83
T6
na rahsirrah
70
T8
na oread
80
T8
na Kerc
10
T2
na Madeline
100
T10
na lauratron
80
T8
na Tomhet
73
T7
Herzog could film himself reading a shampoo bottle and it would somehow end up being enthralling and profound.
na scott.mc
70
T6
na jimmyjazz
79
T9
na DeadFox
82
T6
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 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 MrCarmady
82
T5
I want my life to have a Herzog voiceover.
na andymalafaya
55
T5
na aethling
65
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 cambel
70
T6
na dzacharyt
13
T2
na Vmfs
7
T6
na Maandysheera
82
T9
na rant1229
4
T7
na saule4u
79
T7
na zydernine
90
T10
na pristina
60
T3
na hardcoreufo
70
T3
na ed ved
86
T6
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 DBibby
80
T7
na coutinho
79
T8
na whitejeft
80
T5
na 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 RUIMJO
49
T4
na luchatein
82
T4
na ahamel7896
8
T8
na moonsmilk
85
T6
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 strangelime
85
T7
na nrm4
61
T6
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 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 ericdupont
85
T8
na toro913
54
T5
na Bandy
65
T3
na ajcabrer1
75
T2
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 Cerebrus
60
T5
na Linara
97
T9
na lucbapt
93
T9
na toupe
100
T10
na Nilsbar
82
T6
na bof
75
T7
na cosmocean
80
T5
na Meowfresh
99
T10
na beast
6
T6
na Gobman
85
T7
na Suture Self
80
T8
na mehdirik
95
T7
na dusticus
100
T10
na t_briggs
88
T8
na sa1988
95
T10
na PeterdeJ
60
T3
na Zeno
75
T7
na hattrik
82
T5
na doughbaron
77
T8
na tomservo5
70
T8
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 wpp
64
T3
na Holygrail2
90
T7
na peakovsky
70
T4
na Kermit
83
T3
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 day.vid
80
T7
na saudade
57
T7
na DoubleJ-B
75
T7
na roybenshai
88
T7
na mtks
100
T7
na grogg
64
T4
na electriccafe
55
T3
na DTI
71
T2
na jrisgod
86
T8
na feralgreen
89
T10
na theguest
89
T10
na givethanks
65
T6
na Bondo
72
T5
na IluvMovies
0
T1
na GothamCity
40
T4
na encryptic
4
T7
na TenSpades
80
T6
na brendoman
89
T6
Caves are awesome and so is Werner Herzog so I really dug it.
na Budhisattva
78
T5
na Winston4th
80
T7
na kertenkele
80
T8
na MontyCircus
20
T2
na Communicants
85
T9
na smoore_lfc
74
T7
na zamanzaman
74
T8
na DetoxP
1
T6
na hazelhawks
53
T4
na GadnoKopele
96
T10
na guppy
70
T7
na gam01
60
T4
na Electronic6
80
T7
na STFUDonny
6
T5
na waterfall
80
T6
na killcare
59
T2
na kristiankarl
87
T10
na finkly
70
T7
na MCR
86
T10
na filmcricket
78
T9
na HVM
60
T4
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 matilda
5
T1
na IsaacR
7
T5
na siegfriedwa
80
T8
na Mattsdmf
80
T7
na abesempire
90
T7
na kylie
71
T8
na AYLE
90
T10
na imdb
77
T9
na b4con
90
T9
na ifudontknow
78
T3
na sdoles
8
T7
na Parallax
83
T7
na dormice
85
T8
na Darkling
70
T7
na IMDb-byvotes
75
T7
na AshenLight
84
T5
na EchoWilder
85
T5
na undinum
75
T6
na frankswild
80
T8
na laika
73
T6
na AceySaid10%
78
T4
na gabaguillar
92
T8
na WoozyB
95
T10
na fahasch
95
T8
na Tova
75
T9
na Duval Spit
78
T4
na Phelipe
80
T7
na striate
70
T6
na Jake_R
90
T10
na funkybusnss
60
T4
na drummerx357
83
T5
na jethro
80
T7
na Edson Abas
55
T5
na VJC
10
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 aaronwhat
70
T4
na tdawson48
76
T8
na pl_
70
T6
na elixir
32
T2
na luc
70
T7
na yamface
7
T8
na babyoneeye
100
T10
na f-adam
70
T7
na ornizen
75
T7
na Ammit
90
T7
na ARUCARD
70
T9
na kyle.loomis
5
T6
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