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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 pilgermann 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 greenhil
95
T9
na thatgreatwar
78
T8
na td888 td888
76
T7
na upagainst upagainst
85
T5
na cmiles cmiles
99
T10
na aylakadam
80
T6
na ornizen ornizen
75
T7
na angrypierre 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 readingowl
75
T2
na Henrik Henrik
70
T6
na theguest
89
T10
na chemtrails chemtrails
87
T10
Glad I watched this
na peekingpanda peekingpanda
55
T7
na badjuice bad_juice
45
T7
na joseywales 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 strangelime
85
T7
na JohnnyHarker
8
T9
na ed ved
86
T6
na aliceporto aliceporto
96
T10
na MentalCritic MentalCritic
75
T8
na ritamaria
85
T9
na von_krogh von krogh
76
T7
na Bocuma
90
T8
na xmoffx xmoffx
3
T4
na Golfingdanls
7
T7
na zurnzurn
70
T7
na flowing flowing
61
T5
na magnoliakid
80
T1
na bobyang bobyang
70
T6
na matty5190 matty5190
83
T6
na allan danozu
70
T7
na hereslucas lucbapt
93
T9
na lineuphere lineuphere
78
T6
na Rufflesack 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 ratedargh ratedargh
70
T5
na venice venice
80
T8
na lauratron lauratron
80
T8
na emtilt emtilt
54
T4
(2D version) This film is something of a failure. It's rather unfocused and poorly structured, while also lacking enough content for its length.
na jrisgod jrisgod
86
T8
na clarkah Prof. Sebby
70
T6
na fabiovisnadi fabiovisnadi
93
T7
na DrinkMilk
75
T9
na firebirdekb
70
T6
na peakovsky peakovsky
70
T4
na blucthulhu
60
T4
na electriccafe electriccafe
55
T3
na ChiaGod2313
88
T7
na Jehan Jehan
70
T5
na toupe
100
T10
na cranky cranky
75
T8
na Danilolopes Danilolopes
89
T8
na drummerx357
83
T5
na Tova Tova
75
T9
na Sarah2492 Sarah2492
70
T6
na Jake_R
90
T10
na drstrangeluv 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 AshenLight AshenLight
84
T5
na bakcheia bakcheia
85
T8
Very slow, but rewarding.
na RavynLoony
70
T8
na TalkShowH finkly
70
T7
na luchatein luchatein
82
T4
na ifudontknow
78
T3
na Barkinson
50
T4
na Cerebrus Cerebrus
60
T5
na scook
87
T7
na jakncoke jakncoke
77
T4
na dormice dormice
85
T8
na gazpacho
55
T5
na schnofel schnofel
54
T5
na Dicke_Taube
50
T2
na aaronwhat aaronwhat
70
T4
na IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
75
T7
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 p00q p00q
85
T9
na bkam
55
T2
na Ag0stoMesmer 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 Mubear Mubear
79
T5
na zydernine
90
T10
na JEMN
90
T9
na guppy
70
T7
na Discant
80
T4
na norbasha
82
T5
na babyoneeye
100
T10
na julianaesk julianaesk
85
T8
na whitejeft whitejeft
80
T5
na NRM01
45
T2
na Plotinus
50
T2
na Parallax Parallax
83
T7
na tdawson48
76
T8
na saudade saudade
57
T7
na viewmaster viewmaster
78
T4
na kastenm kastenm
82
T9
na fact100 fact100
68
T6
na AVclub
7
T6
na goffer
92
T7
na frankswild frankswild
80
T8
na Vali65533 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 honeycuttwc
70
T8
na WoozyB
95
T10
na DetoxP DetoxP
1
T6
na Darkling Darkling
70
T7
na jkwall jkwall
7
T7
na malinowski
30
T5
na ailm ailm
55
T5
na OMGFridge OMGFridge
70
T7
Interesting subject matter yet I never felt fully engulfed or transported by Herzog. More like a very solid tv special.
na kakivsjok kakivsjok
80
T7
na netsirhc
7
T6
na rahsirrah rahsirrah
70
T8
na ARUCARD ARUCARD
70
T9
na djross 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 MrCarmady
82
T5
I want my life to have a Herzog voiceover.
na gam01 gam01
60
T4
na jgreenwood jgreenwood
85
T9
na NeoRaven NeoRaven
79
T9
na rant1229 rant1229
4
T7
na JEbel72
98
T10
na kurisu1974 kurisu1974
80
T10
na neymarx neymarx
91
T8
na Madeline Madeline
100
T10
na DerDude DerDude
6
T5
na ddrudges d_drudges
70
T9
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 jodamico 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 jspidah
78
T9
na LionEye LionEye
40
T1
na ggggg1
86
T9
na Gui Gui
80
T8
na doughbaron
77
T8
na ichichich
98
T10
na Simon M.
77
T6
na BadSmile BadSmile
80
T10
na jcphoenix
60
T4
na Tylerlee06 Tylerlee06
100
T10
na andymalafaya andymalafaya
55
T6
na JooJoo JooJoo
7
T8
Werner Herzog has given meaning and value to 3D. Is there anything he can't do?
na dead_man dead man
87
T9
na !nsomn!a
80
T7
na hazelhawks hazelhawks
53
T4
na moonsmilk moonsmilk
85
T6
na Timmer
75
T7
na C12H17N2O4P C12H17N2O4P
65
T4
na kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
70
T8
na willow
40
T3
na Ercan Ercan
6
T6
na nihilanth nihilanth
75
T6
na ericdupont ericdupont
85
T8
na Seftref
65
T6
na EgbertSouse EgbertSouse
85
T7
na Grouchy Grouchy
87
T8
na Janky Janky
78
T8
na ArmondWhite 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 darthfrede darthfrede
50
T2
na caiman 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 Meta_Critic Meta Critic
86
T10
na blahzor blahzor
78
T7
na Bandy Bandy
65
T3
na Aron_Ericson Aron Ericson
69
T7
na mjm8458 mjm8458
4
T9
na HVM
60
T4
na kellard kellard
85
T7
na Spitzoid
85
T5
na funkybusnss funkybusnss
60
T4
na Who8muhrice
82
T6
na dewall dewall
74
T7
na NRM02
55
T5
na batui
55
T3
na bennyg
70
T3
na ktothea
90
T10
na IsaacFord IsaacFord
85
T5
na Winston4th
80
T7
na t_briggs
88
T8
na Kerc Kerc
10
T2
na toro913
54
T5
na dforman
70
T6
na pzingg
88
T6
na Calabria Calabria
81
T6
35,000 years old.
na Gobman Gobman
85
T7
na frankslater
85
T6
na samcoarse 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 TAYLOR_MANIA TAYLOR-MANIA
90
T7
na luminais
70
T5
na hubies hubies
80
T8
na green_man Edson Abas
55
T5
na GSteve
90
T8
na david99
7
T7
na tomservo5
70
T8
na yamface yamface
7
T8
na Rozno
80
T6
na Beej
70
T5
na daisylegs daisylegs
70
T6
na pjdevitt
87
T10
na psych0naut psych0naut
60
T2
na DavidJohnson 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 albrowne albrowne
80
T6
na viniciusjn viniciusjn
90
T9
na TrixRabbi 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 felixm85
80
T7
na Ammit
90
T7
na PDMChubby PDMChubby
75
T5
na FitFortDanga 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 Phelipe Phelipe
80
T7
na stailea
75
T3
na karamazov karamazov.
68
T6
Better than whatever documentary's on television right now, I guess. Ending was excellent.
na Kojiless 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 roger-ebert
35
T8
na Margaux
91
T10
na nrm5
80
T10
na mannylage mannylage
90
T6
na Cornica Cornica
80
T7
na KasperL 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 alternative
7
T7
na Randomized
65
T7
na SickForay SickForay
80
T8
na zamanzaman zamanzaman
74
T8
na grodrig1
94
T9
na Viva_Vox Viva Vox
15
T1
na Kermit
83
T3
na Positive Jon
85
T7
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 LordBeefJerk
70
T7
na BadCosmonaut BadCosmonaut
60
T7
na AICHEG AICHE
78
T8
na NhanLa
60
T4
na bal3x bal3x
70
T7
na sebby sebby
60
T4
One of Herzog's poorer documentary efforts.
na smoore_lfc
74
T7
na Stim immolations
76
T9
na sdoles sdoles
8
T7
na f-adam
70
T7
na kedar1981 kedar1981
80
T8
na Unanimous
83
T6
na bernardobrum bernardobrum
87
T8
na yesistasty 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 ekxon
85
T7
na nrm4
61
T6
na ErikaC
100
T10
na DoubleJ-B
75
T7
na Debaser__
68
T6
na JasonKDarby
80
T8
na grogg grogg
64
T4
na oread oread
80
T8
na Jarmann Jarmann
69
T4
na abesempire
90
T7
na mawy mawy
99
T6
na MaoMao
90
T8
na Dogubomb Dogubomb
50
T6
na donquixotic
80
T10
na Telemecus
22
T2
na DBibby DBibby
80
T7
na DougieD
80
T6
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