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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 Tomhet
73
T7
Herzog could film himself reading a shampoo bottle and it would somehow end up being enthralling and profound.
na Dan41
70
T5
na etherealtard
73
T5
na benrag
65
T6
na strangelime
85
T7
na malinowski
30
T5
na megandsmith
80
T3
na educhristoph
90
T10
na batui
55
T3
na xmoffx
3
T4
na VJC
10
T6
na NeoRaven
79
T9
na imdb
77
T9
na brendoman
89
T6
Caves are awesome and so is Werner Herzog so I really dug it.
na adidawha
80
T8
na JasonKDarby
80
T8
na fartblaster
65
T5
na honeycuttwc
70
T8
na PDMChubby
75
T5
na GadnoKopele
96
T10
na mandy
6
T6
Memorable and insightful - wonderfully narrated and directed by Herzog.
na FreddieQuell
73
T6
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 Darbicus
70
T7
na goffer
92
T7
na funkybusnss
60
T4
na SickForay
80
T8
na spacerace
70
T2
na optional
80
T8
na mawy
99
T6
na Raimondi
73
T6
na Dogubomb
50
T6
na IMDBpredict
74
T8
na cruelclown
85
T9
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 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 coutinho
79
T8
na BadSmile
80
T10
na davidgn
91
T8
na manifold
80
T8
na Vmfs
7
T6
na mgroves1
95
T10
na Ammit
90
T7
na DTI
71
T2
na Jarmann
69
T4
na donquixotic
80
T10
na lauratron
80
T8
na Dicke_Taube
50
T2
na Rufam
65
T5
na SirRobbie
80
T8
na ekxon
85
T7
na Kisbye
70
T6
na Suldrup
80
T9
na encryptic
4
T7
na ggggg1
86
T9
na awprokop
65
T7
na ibodirector
78
T7
na AYLE
90
T10
na CHOICECOD
74
T4
na Duval Spit
78
T4
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 magnoliakid
80
T1
na siegfriedwa
80
T8
na jgreenwood
85
T9
na felixm85
80
T7
na Bocuma
90
T8
na Warren
81
T6
na norbasha
82
T5
na WoozyB
95
T10
na joaobaldoni
75
T6
na barbarrett
95
T10
na cosmocean
80
T5
na dzacharyt
13
T2
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 stailea
75
T3
na dforman
70
T6
na frankswild
80
T8
na Jos
80
T7
na Merc
70
T5
na Josh Forrest
70
T7
na Barkinson
50
T4
na ozonepaul
92
T8
na Ag0stoMesmer
4
T10
[2D TV] Surprisingly affecting film, showing the works 'through' the awe and enthusiasm of the investigators -a likeable and slightly eccentric bunch- was a great move. It's a shame some were dubbed but perhaps subtitles would 'break' the 3d. Unusual and stylish soundtrack.
na killcare
59
T2
na 3rdman
6
T4
na theficionado
75
T8
na TAYLOR-MANIA
90
T7
na skopofil
79
T6
na Gesine
74
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 NRM02
55
T5
na SeanBerndorff
60
T5
na comanchex
87
T9
na Uhrmacher
85
T6
na nicks112
86
T7
na NhanLa
60
T4
na rahsirrah
70
T8
na Meta Critic
86
T10
na smoore_lfc
74
T7
na moonsmilk
85
T6
na LouisMazzini
78
T8
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 maksler
3
T6
na venice
80
T8
na p00q
85
T9
na Maandysheera
82
T9
na kedar1981
80
T8
na dead man
87
T9
na AshenLight
84
T5
na Mubear
79
T5
na nihilanth
75
T6
na EgbertSouse
85
T7
na comepelicula
70
T7
na ed ved
86
T6
na Telemecus
22
T2
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 The Way
0
T6
na Cornica
80
T7
na Gody85
54
T7
na cranky
75
T8
na sdoles
8
T7
na Danilolopes
89
T8
na bobyang
70
T6
na pascally
76
T9
na Budhisattva
78
T5
na Tylerlee06
100
T10
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 GothamCity
40
T4
na Scottathon
76
T7
na Plotinus
50
T2
na DeadFox
82
T6
na andymalafaya
55
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 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 pristina
60
T4
na gwynplaine
85
T7
na doughbaron
77
T8
na kurisu1974
80
T10
na pyrosexual
80
T7
na TraverseTown
40
T4
na macgyvebot
95
T8
na Sardelynn
86
T9
na Szeretlek
90
T6
na GSteve
90
T8
na frankslater
85
T6
na Who8muhrice
82
T6
na Carlospro
85
T9
na beast
6
T6
na Tova
75
T9
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 Hkit
89
T7
na EchoWilder
85
T5
na HVM
60
T4
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 ahamel7896
8
T8
na jewellrunner
72
T6
na Yeah
57
T7
na lucbapt
95
T9
na kyle.loomis
5
T6
na lotr-sam0711
40
T2
na exolstice
84
T8
na fenixdown
74
T5
na Henrik
70
T6
na MartinTeller
74
T6
Herzog narrates the film with his usual spellbinding tones, waxing poetic about the mysteries of the universe. It does occasionally resemble self-parody but I could listen to that guy talk all day. It's not one of his best docs, though. It could use some more interesting interview subjects or some more esoteric tangents. As interesting as the caves are, they don't seem to be quite enough to sustain 90 minutes on their own. But, some mild repetitiveness aside, it's a rather captivating study.
na upagainst
85
T5
na willow
40
T3
na Bandy
65
T3
na hattrik
82
T5
na JohnnyHarker
8
T9
na b4con
90
T9
na frigmagnet
60
T4
na Spitzoid
85
T5
na BadCosmonaut
60
T7
na prior
76
T4
na Zen Lunatic
96
T10
na brandonpcv
66
T6
na kubrick86
80
T7
na NRM01
45
T2
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 DetoxP
1
T6
na camara
78
T6
na bal3x
70
T7
na payens
83
T7
Enhanced experience if seen on 3D at the British Museum.
na Electronic6
80
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 SpaceEcho
70
T7
na ornizen
75
T7
na !Marx
85
T9
na Rigters
75
T6
na mattytron
80
T6
na kangadoodoo
70
T8
na bmmello
95
T10
na majelus
70
T2
na Aron Ericson
69
T7
na aaronwhat
70
T4
na Cerebrus
60
T5
na Prof. Sebby
70
T6
na Gui
80
T8
na Grouchy
87
T8
na Kagemand
8
T8
na kylie
71
T8
na Beej
70
T5
na roybenshai
88
T7
na kevcart4
89
T8
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 alexandrsaar
79
T7
na Edson Abas
75
T5
na avgcrtckr
66
T8
na wpp
64
T3
na Gobman
85
T7
na ru5tyb1ke5
9
T8
na Coredor
70
T6
na Simon M.
77
T6
na fabioleal
71
T6
na d_drudges
70
T8
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 sa1988
95
T10
na Suture Self
80
T8
na STFUDonny
6
T6
na luminais
70
T5
na oread
80
T8
na julianaesk
85
T8
na littlepanda
93
T6
na guppy
70
T7
na IsaacFord
85
T5
na atcsams
80
T5
na Chazz Chetly
75
T8
na TJinAustin
75
T6
na mannylage
90
T6
na Nelson Nog
85
T6
na DerDude
6
T5
na laika
73
T6
na Ercan
6
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 tdawson48
76
T8
na alternative
7
T7
na Parallax
83
T7
na aurora
72
T8
na Digger
72
T4
na ChiaGod2313
88
T7
na Cantstopdrew
81
T8
na ARUCARD
70
T9
na Viva Vox
15
T1
na Mattsdmf
80
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 mtks
100
T7
na finkly
70
T7
na TarantinOle
75
T7
na matty5190
83
T6
na bearjazz
80
T6
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