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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 Parallax
83
T7
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 mandy
6
T6
Memorable and insightful - wonderfully narrated and directed by Herzog.
na laika
73
T6
na Chazz Chetly
75
T8
na Hkit
89
T7
na xxzcuzxx
35
T3
na WoozyB
95
T10
na gam01
60
T4
na scook
87
T7
na lauratron
80
T8
na Meowfresh
99
T10
na Barkinson
50
T4
na STFUDonny
6
T5
na DoubleJ-B
75
T7
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 Mattsdmf
80
T7
na blahzor
78
T7
na p00q
85
T9
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 SpaceEcho
70
T7
na ed ved
86
T6
na Maandysheera
82
T9
na Cantstopdrew
81
T8
na !nsomn!a
80
T7
na JooJoo
7
T8
Werner Herzog has given meaning and value to 3D. Is there anything he can't do?
na babyoneeye
100
T10
na Debaser__
68
T6
na pl_
70
T6
na daisylegs
70
T6
na Warren
81
T6
na killersmalls
85
T8
na fahasch
95
T8
na zurnzurn
70
T7
na peakovsky
70
T4
na ahamel7896
8
T8
na Carlospro
85
T9
na Kagemand
8
T8
na mawy
99
T6
na IluvMovies
0
T1
na brendoman
89
T6
Caves are awesome and so is Werner Herzog so I really dug it.
na Bocuma
90
T8
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 The Way
0
T6
na luminais
70
T5
na Digger
72
T4
na f-adam
70
T7
na martin846
85
T7
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 Zen Lunatic
96
T10
na filmaffinity
73
T9
na ARUCARD
70
T9
na 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 ritamaria
85
T9
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 friendo55
84
T7
I really wish I could've watched this in 3D - and I can't believe I'm saying that.
na marcelvidal
85
T9
na cranky
75
T8
na zopz
50
T2
na lippecesar
89
T9
na Dicke_Taube
50
T2
na adamquelch
75
T6
na payens
83
T7
Enhanced experience if seen on 3D at the British Museum.
na Ercan
6
T6
na smoore_lfc
74
T7
na Kisbye
70
T6
na elixir
32
T2
na JEMN
90
T9
na majelus
70
T2
na theficionado
75
T8
na awprokop
65
T7
na 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 Suture Self
80
T8
na pristina
60
T3
na toupe
100
T10
na kertenkele
80
T8
na pascally
76
T9
na norval_jones
55
T2
na dusticus
100
T10
na Madeline
100
T10
na sebby
60
T4
One of Herzog's poorer documentary efforts.
na ratedargh
70
T5
na Gesine
74
T5
na SickForay
80
T8
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 LouisMazzini
78
T8
na bal3x
70
T7
na 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 bad_juice
45
T7
na psych0naut
60
T2
na Stradivarius
80
T8
na MontyCircus
20
T2
na readingowl
75
T2
na prior
76
T4
na aethling
65
T6
na GadnoKopele
96
T10
na ericdupont
85
T8
na rahsirrah
70
T8
na GSteve
90
T8
na bmmello
95
T10
na td888
76
T7
na jspidah
78
T9
na LordBeefJerk
70
T7
na Simon M.
77
T6
na killcare
59
T2
na felipetschuk
70
T8
na albrowne
80
T6
na overrated
68
T8
na mannylage
90
T6
na striate
70
T5
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 lineuphere
78
T6
na xmoffx
3
T4
na netsirhc
7
T6
na DrinkMilk
75
T9
na ru5tyb1ke5
9
T8
na kedar1981
80
T8
na MCR
86
T10
na Josh Forrest
70
T8
na spacerace
70
T2
na littlepanda
93
T6
na caiman
86
T9
A beautiful movie, visually and thematically. I dislike 3D, but this was an exception. The depth and curvature of the amazing walls came to life with the effect. Hopefully this film will serve as precedent of the potential artistic merits of 3D.
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 DBibby
80
T7
na mallamp
70
T6
na magnoliakid
80
T1
na PDMChubby
75
T5
na abesempire
90
T7
na Linara
97
T9
na BaalMan
70
T4
na Margaux
91
T10
na atcsams
80
T5
na Communicants
85
T9
na Randomized
65
T7
na luc
70
T7
na Darbicus
70
T7
na aurora
72
T8
na coutinho
79
T8
na Tova
75
T9
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 Holygrail2
90
T7
na TAYLOR-MANIA
90
T7
na Dan41
70
T5
na viewmaster
78
T4
na Ammit
90
T7
na funkybusnss
60
T4
na redmdb
83
T2
na izukaitz
100
T9
na bobyang
70
T6
na frankslater
85
T6
na hattrik
82
T5
na timmytom
80
T8
na ggggg1
86
T9
na saudade
57
T7
na gwynplaine
85
T7
na manwich
70
T5
na finkly
70
T7
na Jarmann
69
T4
na Beej
70
T5
na CHOICECOD
74
T4
na cruelclown
85
T9
na IsaacR
7
T5
na Phelipe
80
T7
na Winston4th
80
T7
na LittleJoeII
44
T1
na Aron Ericson
69
T7
na immolations
76
T9
na dforman
70
T6
na guppy
70
T7
na ekc
95
T10
na bearjazz
80
T6
na mbaran
60
T8
na flowing
61
T5
na rant1229
4
T7
na Nelson Nog
85
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 roybenshai
88
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 Lobo_Lopez
79
T8
na comepelicula
70
T7
na undinum
75
T6
na upagainst
85
T5
na Jehan
70
T5
na SeanBerndorff
60
T5
na joaobaldoni
75
T6
na malinowski
30
T5
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 fabiovisnadi
93
T7
na Cornica
80
T7
na Unanimous
83
T6
na Zeno
75
T7
na dormice
85
T8
na Temptershell
83
T9
na mgroves1
95
T10
na nihilanth
75
T6
na Sarah2492
70
T6
na Kerc
10
T2
na david99
7
T7
na filmcricket
78
T9
na ze_qualquer
50
T6
na PeterdeJ
60
T3
na grodrig1
94
T9
na cdub12
62
T4
na cayh
80
T8
na aylakadam
80
T6
na Maps
75
T6
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 FancyMike
80
T9
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 RUIMJO
49
T4
na kastenm
82
T9
na matty5190
83
T6
na cmiles
99
T10
na barbarrett
95
T10
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 herge
60
T5
na lotr-sam0711
40
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 Szeretlek
90
T6
na ktothea
90
T10
na Henrik
70
T6
na venice
80
T8
na adidawha
80
T8
na TarantinOle
75
T7
na karamazov.
68
T6
Better than whatever documentary's on television right now, I guess. Ending was excellent.
na Achk
7
T8
na MurphDick
85
T7
na matilda
5
T1
na darthfrede
50
T2
na DetoxP
1
T6
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 HVM
60
T4
na mdfleming80
82
T7
na etherealtard
73
T5
na nrm4
61
T6
na NeoRaven
79
T9
na mtks
100
T7
na danozu
70
T7
na bernardobrum
87
T8
na J-Max
72
T4
na VJC
10
T6
na ErikaC
100
T10
na stailea
75
T3
na ornizen
75
T7
na chemtrails
87
T10
Glad I watched this
na yamface
7
T8
na jrisgod
86
T8
na aliceporto
96
T10
na SirRobbie
80
T8
na encryptic
4
T7
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