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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 peakovsky
70
T4
na elixir
32
T2
na izukaitz
100
T9
na DetoxP
1
T6
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 Jarmann
69
T4
na ComradeSolar
80
T8
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 jojomill
65
T1
na IMDb-byvotes
75
T7
na yamface
7
T8
na pascally
76
T9
na SickForay
80
T8
na majelus
70
T2
na prior
76
T4
na daniel.kojak
79
T7
na Winston4th
80
T7
na RUIMJO
49
T4
na arif
90
T8
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 cranky
75
T8
na AICHE
78
T8
na peekingpanda
55
T7
na ze_qualquer
50
T6
na kyle.loomis
5
T6
na ekc
95
T10
na cayh
80
T8
na mdfleming80
82
T7
na randori
80
T8
na firebirdekb
70
T6
na magnoliakid
80
T1
na wokelstein
63
T4
na PeterdeJ
60
T3
na ifudontknow
78
T3
na batui
55
T3
na dewall
74
T7
na wpp
64
T3
na manifold
80
T8
na aliceporto
96
T10
na abesempire
90
T7
na toby5
80
T8
na spacehamm
90
T10
na Seftref
65
T6
na MaoMao
90
T8
na DBibby
80
T7
na mtks
100
T7
na Kagemand
8
T8
na Chazz Chetly
75
T8
na Hushimitzu
80
T5
na donquixotic
80
T10
na drreza
80
T6
na td888
76
T7
na danozu
70
T7
na ahamel7896
8
T8
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 ibodirector
78
T7
na xmoffx
3
T4
na moonsmilk
85
T6
na b4con
90
T9
na debaser1985
75
T8
na O_o
88
T8
na scook
87
T7
na babyoneeye
100
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na patrickped
75
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na Jehan
70
T5
na DerDude
6
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na goffer
92
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na marco_n65
74
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na Mattsdmf
80
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na Golfingdanls
7
T7
na Madeline
100
T10
na aethling
65
T6
na Stradivarius
80
T8
na comanchex
87
T9
na viewmaster
78
T4
na PerryStroika
67
T8
With 3D this is a truly unforgettable experience.
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 saule4u
79
T7
na EgbertSouse
85
T7
na upagainst
85
T5
na lucbapt
93
T9
na martin846
85
T7
na aurora
72
T8
na Sardelynn
86
T9
na Phelipe
80
T7
na KTP
46
T5
na spiritofeden
65
T6
na Coredor
70
T6
na jethro
80
T7
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 dogus37
69
T7
na Hkit
89
T7
na ornizen
75
T7
na ktothea
90
T10
na laika
73
T6
na jimmyjazz
79
T9
na kangadoodoo
70
T8
na JooJoo
7
T8
Werner Herzog has given meaning and value to 3D. Is there anything he can't do?
na redmdb
83
T2
na ROSBB
8
T8
na lineuphere
78
T6
na Kisbye
70
T5
na CHOICECOD
74
T4
na cRckls
60
T4
na IsaacR
7
T5
na gwynplaine
85
T7
na balseiros
70
T5
na frankswild
80
T8
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 payens
83
T7
Enhanced experience if seen on 3D at the British Museum.
na FancyMike
80
T9
na DilksOut
75
T4
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 ARUCARD
70
T9
na IMDBpredict
74
T8
na dforman
70
T6
na ichichich
98
T10
na Oliveira
80
T7
na Merc
70
T5
na atcsams
80
T5
na adamquelch
75
T5
na skopofil
79
T6
na david99
7
T7
na jcphoenix
60
T4
na filmcricket
78
T9
na jrisgod
86
T8
na mattytron
80
T6
na C12H17N2O4P
65
T4
na lippecesar
89
T9
na MentalCritic
75
T8
na GrandGrommet
8
T8
na bennyg
70
T3
na p00q
85
T9
na Mubear
79
T5
na FreddieQuell
73
T6
na Beej
70
T5
na Luk92
65
T4
na honeycuttwc
70
T8
na zydernine
90
T10
na hellboy76
69
T8
na encryptic
4
T7
na brandonpcv
66
T6
na hazelhawks
53
T4
na DTI
71
T2
na Barkinson
50
T4
na matty5190
83
T6
na AVclub
7
T6
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 cmiles
99
T10
na zamanzaman
74
T8
na BadSmile
80
T10
na Rufam
65
T4
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 roybenshai
88
T7
na Gui
80
T8
na Darkling
70
T7
na Maandysheera
82
T9
na venice
80
T8
na SpaceEcho
70
T7
na luminais
70
T5
na mawy
99
T6
na electriccafe
55
T3
na felixm85
80
T7
na mbaran
60
T8
na Spitzoid
85
T5
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 Ercan
6
T6
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 Jos
80
T7
na macgyvebot
95
T8
na cruelclown
85
T9
na drummerx357
83
T5
na marcelvidal
85
T9
na DrinkMilk
75
T9
na Who8muhrice
82
T6
na fenixdown
74
T5
na NeoRaven
79
T9
na oread
80
T8
na JasonKDarby
80
T8
na albrowne
80
T6
na neymarx
91
T8
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 waterfall
80
T6
na zopz
50
T2
na Dunstan-x
77
T8
na avgcrtckr
65
T8
na MCR
86
T10
na NRM01
45
T2
na LouisMazzini
78
T8
na ChiaGod2313
88
T7
na LittleJoeII
44
T1
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 nihilanth
75
T6
na smoore_lfc
74
T7
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 E-dubs
90
T9
na karamazov.
68
T6
Better than whatever documentary's on television right now, I guess. Ending was excellent.
na cosmocean
80
T5
na grodrig1
94
T9
na rant1229
4
T7
na killersmalls
85
T8
na readingowl
75
T2
na chemtrails
87
T10
Glad I watched this
na GothamCity
40
T4
na TenSpades
80
T6
na sa1988
95
T10
na danieldebem
87
T9
na Gody85
54
T7
na cdub12
62
T4
na pjdevitt
87
T10
na toro913
54
T5
na sebby
60
T4
One of Herzog's poorer documentary efforts.
na guppy
70
T7
na thatgreatwar
78
T8
na rahsirrah
70
T8
na ritamaria
85
T9
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 ericdupont
85
T8
na Calabria
81
T6
35,000 years old.
na Sarah2492
70
T6
na Linara
97
T9
na Tylerlee06
100
T10
na Darbicus
70
T7
na STFUDonny
6
T5
na NoSex
80
T8
na harlingtoxad
90
T10
na TJinAustin
75
T6
na gam01
60
T4
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 Dogubomb
50
T6
na ed ved
86
T6
na Warren
81
T6
na 3rdman
6
T4
na Cerebrus
60
T5
na gabaguillar
92
T8
na aylakadam
80
T6
na andymalafaya
55
T5
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 Parallax
83
T7
na Communicants
85
T9
na Plotinus
50
T2
na lotr-sam0711
40
T2
na DeadFox
82
T6
na alternative
7
T7
na timmytom
80
T8
na Viva Vox
15
T1
na kakivsjok
80
T7
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 theficionado
75
T8
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 ailm
55
T5
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