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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 firebirdekb
70
T6
na jcphoenix
60
T4
na Suldrup
80
T9
na educhristoph
90
T10
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 Sardelynn
86
T9
na goffer
92
T7
na sdoles
8
T7
na balseiros
70
T5
na C12H17N2O4P
65
T4
na Jarmann
69
T4
na Cantstopdrew
81
T8
na peekingpanda
55
T7
na hardcoreufo
70
T3
na Dunstan-x
77
T8
na Dicke_Taube
50
T2
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 izukaitz
100
T9
na RUIMJO
49
T4
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 drreza
80
T6
na alternative
7
T7
na doughbaron
77
T8
na 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 ARUCARD
70
T9
na Moribunny
70
T8
Saw this in 2d unfortunately, but it's pretty great anyway. I'm no longer sure why I ever doubted that Herzog would be capable of getting an engaging hour and a half out of a single cave. He does foray into scientists' speculations about paleolithic Europe in general, and generally pursues everything these cave paintings might make you wonder.
na Achk
7
T8
na SpaceEcho
70
T7
na KTP
46
T5
na batui
55
T3
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 Gobman
85
T7
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 saudade
57
T7
na grogg
64
T4
na BadSmile
80
T10
na Ercan
6
T6
na tomservo5
70
T8
na Nilsbar
82
T6
na TraverseTown
40
T4
na IMDb-byvotes
75
T7
na Gody85
54
T7
na pascally
76
T9
na J-Max
72
T4
na toro913
54
T5
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 littlepanda
93
T6
na lineuphere
78
T6
na ibodirector
78
T7
na daniel.kojak
79
T7
na gam01
60
T4
na Phelipe
80
T7
na Golfingdanls
7
T7
na alexandrsaar
79
T7
na cdub12
62
T4
na Mr. Mocata
77
T2
na aaronwhat
70
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 PFish
65
T7
na bkam
55
T2
na jspidah
78
T9
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 scott.mcc
70
T6
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 moonsmilk
85
T6
na finkly
70
T7
na ChiaGod2313
88
T7
na Maps
75
T6
na Rozno
80
T6
na Gordon Cole
74
T6
na neymarx
91
T8
na payens
83
T7
Enhanced experience if seen on 3D at the British Museum.
na timmytom
80
T8
na frankslater
85
T6
na arif
90
T8
na JohnnyHarker
8
T9
na p00q
85
T9
na cosmocean
80
T5
na Suture Self
80
T8
na td888
76
T7
na magnoliakid
80
T1
na davidgn
91
T8
na The Way
0
T6
na elixir
32
T2
na netsirhc
7
T6
na TenSpades
80
T6
na luminais
70
T5
na comanchex
87
T9
na theficionado
75
T8
na peakovsky
70
T4
na drummerx357
83
T5
na sa1988
95
T10
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 encryptic
4
T7
na cambel
70
T6
na IsaacFord
85
T5
na bof
75
T7
na cayh
80
T8
na dewall
74
T7
na f-adam
70
T7
na Zeno
75
T7
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 killcare
59
T2
na CHOICECOD
74
T4
na siegfriedwa
80
T8
na DerDude
6
T5
na filmcricket
78
T9
na Jake_R
90
T10
na mattytron
80
T6
na Raimondi
73
T6
na undinum
75
T6
na Guernica
43
T4
na chemtrails
87
T10
Glad I watched this
na SlantMag
35
T10
"As with all of Herzog's nonfiction efforts, it's spellbound by the wonder of man's relationship to his surroundings." - Nick Schager
na mdfleming80
82
T7
na Holygrail2
90
T7
na AYLE
90
T10
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 ornizen
75
T7
na aliceporto
96
T10
na Darbicus
70
T7
na Szeretlek
90
T6
na DeadFox
82
T6
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 DBibby
80
T7
na TarantinOle
75
T7
na E-dubs
90
T9
na Positive Jon
85
T7
na NRM01
45
T2
na frigmagnet
60
T4
na JasonKDarby
80
T8
na mjm8458
4
T9
na dusticus
100
T10
na Kagemand
8
T8
na Linara
97
T9
na mbaran
60
T8
na DetoxP
1
T6
na avgcrtckr
65
T8
na awprokop
65
T7
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 ichichich
98
T10
na blucthulhu
60
T4
na kurisu1974
80
T10
na dead man
87
T9
na macgyvebot
95
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 guppy
70
T7
na randori
80
T8
na feralgreen
89
T10
na kangadoodoo
70
T8
na understamp
70
T7
na upagainst
85
T5
na Colten97
90
T5
na mallamp
70
T6
na whitejeft
80
T5
na Budhisattva
78
T5
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 xxzcuzxx
35
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 PeterdeJ
60
T3
na nrm5
80
T10
na DoubleJ-B
75
T7
na DTI
71
T2
na JEMN
90
T9
na felipetschuk
70
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 ekxon
85
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 hubies
80
T8
na nihilanth
75
T6
na sebby
60
T4
One of Herzog's poorer documentary efforts.
na jgreenwood
85
T9
na gabehabash
60
T4
na fact100
68
T6
na Bondo
72
T5
na bal3x
70
T7
na ahamel7896
8
T8
na Seftref
65
T6
na LouisMazzini
78
T8
na Cerebrus
60
T5
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 blahzor
78
T7
na marco_n65
74
T4
na rant1229
4
T7
na jojomill
65
T1
na fabiovisnadi
93
T7
na MentalCritic
75
T8
na ifudontknow
78
T3
na atcsams
80
T5
na ROSBB
8
T8
na mannylage
90
T6
na Calabria
81
T6
35,000 years old.
na readingowl
75
T2
na NhanLa
60
T4
na tdawson48
76
T8
na Communicants
85
T9
na babyoneeye
100
T10
na gabaguillar
92
T8
na hellboy76
69
T8
na Danilolopes
89
T8
na mgroves1
95
T10
na marcelvidal
85
T9
na venice
80
T8
na skopofil
79
T6
na mandy
6
T6
Memorable and insightful - wonderfully narrated and directed by Herzog.
na Winston4th
80
T7
na dforman
70
T6
na albrowne
80
T6
na NRM02
55
T5
na aylakadam
80
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 killersmalls
85
T8
na Nelson Nog
85
T6
na Who8muhrice
82
T6
na Lobo_Lopez
79
T8
na harlingtoxad
90
T10
na Tomhet
73
T8
Herzog could film himself reading a shampoo bottle and it would somehow end up being enthralling and profound.
na TJinAustin
75
T6
na cruelclown
85
T9
na Cornica
80
T7
na adidawha
80
T8
na laughtermade
2
T5
na striate
70
T5
na mtks
100
T7
na gazpacho
55
T5
na kedar1981
80
T8
na jimmyjazz
79
T9
na bones_r
70
T6
na orkunersin
75
T8
na MaoMao
90
T8
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 theguest
89
T10
na pl_
70
T6
na HVM
60
T4
na kyle.loomis
5
T6
na ggggg1
86
T9
na Parallax
83
T7
na Jos
80
T7
na Dogubomb
50
T6
na Sarah2492
70
T6
na ailm
55
T5
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 hattrik
82
T5
na toby5
80
T8
na LionEye
40
T1
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 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 Ammit
90
T7
na Timmer
75
T7
na -Vahid-
75
T5
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