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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)

Genre: Documentary

Country: Germany

Directed By: Werner Herzog

Written By: Werner Herzog

Starring: Werner Herzog

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams belongs to 41 collections
1. 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (public: moderated by kozan26 - 158 stars)
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5. 30. istanbul film festival (public: moderated by buak - 1 star)
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abesempire
90T7
luka.strnisa
70T4
Bocuma
90T8
nicks112
86T7
DavidJohnson DavidJohnson
67T5
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.
gogolit gogolit
4T7
Cerebrus Cerebrus
60T5
Digger
72T4
sproost sproost
70T7
jimmyjazz
79T9
Phelipe Phelipe
80T7
TJinAustin
75T6
DeadFox DeadFox
82T6
LionEye LionEye
40T1
bof bof
75T7
pristinepain gabaguillar
92T8
SickForay SickForay
80T8
bakcheia bakcheia
85T8
Very slow, but rewarding.
td888 td888
76T7
ibodirector ibodirector
78T8
pristina pristina
60T3
Facastro Facastro
70T8
DerDude DerDude
6T5
karamazov karamazov.
41T6
Better than whatever documentary's on television right now, I guess. Ending was excellent.
ktothea
90T10
hereslucas lucbapt
92T9
Kojiless Kojiless
34T4
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.
alexandrsaar alexandrsaar
79T7
zurnzurn
70T7
Tomhet Tomhet
5T6
Duval Spit
78T4
KTP KTP
46T5
OMGFridge OMGFridge
7T7
Interesting subject matter yet I never felt fully engulfed or transported by Herzog. More like a very solid tv special.
TraverseTown TraverseTown
40T3
jackinthebox jackinthebox
80T8
rlbravo
80T6
Niska Niska
39T7
BigEvil Nathan S
3T6
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.
frankslater
85T6
caiman caiman
86T9
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.
Kermit
83T3
roybenshai
88T7
cwcwcwcw
90T9
CiTay
80T8
Holygrail2
90T7
mattjf19
50T4
WoozyB
95T10
Kisbye
70T5
hellboy76 hellboy76
69T8
ahamel7896 ahamel7896
8T8
understamp understamp
70T7
laughtermade
2T5
Sardelynn
86T9
blahzor blahzor
78T7
ears550 elixir
32T2
maul.77
84T8
hardcoreufo hardcoreufo
70T3
MurphDick
85T7
dforman
70T6
LittleJoeII
44T1
CameronMB CameronMB
75T7
Gesine Gesine
74T5
JooJoo JooJoo
7T8
Werner Herzog has given meaning and value to 3D. Is there anything he can't do?
Hkit Hkit
89T7
bennyg
70T3
Kerc Kerc
10T1
smoore_lfc
74T7
siegfriedwa
80T8
matilda matilda
5T1
sacrilicious
75T7
Moribunny Moribunny
70T8
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.
laika laika
73T6
ceja ceja
55T4
mtks
100T7
TalkShowH finkly
70T7
electriccafe electriccafe
55T4
Darkling Darkling
70T7
madadude
70T6
kb0799
70T5
Temptershell Temptershell
83T9
flowing flowing
61T5
aurora aurora
72T8
te18 te18
7T9
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.
nreimer
75T8
encryptic
4T7
Likes_Ninjas
60T4
AICHEG AICHE
78T8
SpaceEcho SpaceEcho
70T7
dormice dormice
85T9
viniciusjn viniciusjn
90T9
Col Blimp
4T8
f-adam
70T7
Jake_R
90T10
NeoRaven NeoRaven
79T9
D34F PeterdeJ
60T3
namahage
88T9
debaser1985
75T8
julianaesk julianaesk
85T9
lotr_sam0711 lotr-sam0711
40T2
comanchex
87T9
Derekstar Derekstar
60T4
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.
guppy guppy
70T8
Simon M.
77T6
ain sof
90T9
Phil_Clowns Phil Clowns
68T5
AVclub
7T6
jojomill
65T1
marcelvidal marcelvidal
85T9
ROSBB
8T8
zydernine
90T10
GSteve
90T8
skopofil skopofil
79T6
henrisepp
50T4
dead_man dead man
87T8
ratedargh ratedargh
70T5
theguest
89T10
lauratron lauratron
80T8
daisylegs daisylegs
70T6
mgroves1 mgroves1
95T10
mdfleming80
82T6
optional
80T7
malinowski
30T5
Slvbarek Actionberg
70T6
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.
Janky Janky
78T8
RUIMJO
49T4
Debaser__
68T6
redacted redacted
85T9
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?
manwich
70T5
Heinrich
79T7
PFish
65T7
Jarmann Jarmann
69T4
strangelime
85T7
Merc Merc
70T5
mjm8458 mjm8458
4T9
Parallax Parallax
83T8
fangus
83T6
jrisgod jrisgod
86T8
ajcabrer1 ajcabrer1
75T2
BadSmile BadSmile
80T10
schnofel schnofel
54T5
ggggg1
86T9
bobyang bobyang
70T5
bearjazz bearjazz
80T6
mannylage mannylage
90T6
greenhil
95T9
1859 1859
62T8
neymarx neymarx
91T8
SeanBerndorff SeanBerndorff
60T5
Dunstan_xxx Dunstan-xxx
77T9
mallamp
70T6
Xarnis Xarnis
83T7
NRM01
45T2
cRckls
60T4
oread oread
80T8
Disaster Disaster
74T4
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.
NRM03
61T5
Valix Valix
90T9
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.
Calabria Calabria
81T6
35,000 years old.
Rigters Rigters
75T6
fungusgnat
65T5
emtilt emtilt
54T4
(2D version) This film is something of a failure. It's rather unfocused and poorly structured, while also lacking enough content for its length.
Tova Tova
75T9
ichichich
98T10
Marx !Marx
85T9
STFUDonny STFUDonny
6T5
rehtnap
60T5
luxcus
92T8
kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
70T8
spacerace
70T1
manifold manifold
80T8
drreza drreza
80T6
harlingtoxad
90T10
fabiovisnadi fabiovisnadi
85T5
randori randori
80T8
matty5190 matty5190
83T6
gazpacho
55T5
Cronos
60T6
O_o
88T8
avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
65T8
anandare
80T6
Manuela
86T7
baconadidas bacon&adidas
90T8
FarCryss Suture Self
80T8
felipelahm felipelahm
68T7
DSchmitt
75T7
kylie kylie
71T8
yesistasty yesistasty
96T10
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
zamanzaman zamanzaman
74T9
letterboxdvo letterboxdvo
36T6
TenSpades
80T6
mr_oscar mr oscar
90T6
10kfilms
80T8
atcsams
80T5
viewmaster viewmaster
78T4
closedmouth closedmouth
70T4
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.
mardytam snbutler
60T3
Perhaps a rare example of one better to have seen in 3D
funkybusnss funkybusnss
60T4
Who8muhrice
82T6
nrm4
61T6
CinemaAsia Cinema_Asia
75T8
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.
maximod3 maximod3
85T9
kastenm kastenm
82T9
Tylerlee06 Tylerlee06
100T10
Barkinson
50T4
mubi
39T6
!nsomn!a
80T7
wpp
64T3
redmdb redmdb
83T2
luminais
70T7
grogg grogg
64T4
educhristoph educhristoph
90T10
bkam
55T2
macgyvebot
95T8
dominus dominus
70T7
krf7 krf7
50T3
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.
danastevens
100T10
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.
KasperL KasperL
40T3
Beautiful shots and some effective 3D wasn't enough. The interviewees clearly found the cave drawings much more interesting than me.
Mattsdmf
80T7
aerrich
50T5
Budhisattva Budhisattva
78T5
rTrueFilm r/TrueFilm
90T8
thiemen
6T6
RugersMan
70T6
Aron_Ericson Aron Ericson
69T7
Liverpoole TarantinOle
75T7
redcreaper redcreaper
90T7
albrowne albrowne
100T10
janus
70T5
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.
Hadleyreis Hadleyreis
71T6
aethling
65T6
djaunb djaunb
76T5
EgbertSouse EgbertSouse
85T7
Raimondi
73T6
Randomized
65T7
Seftref
65T6
Dogubomb Dogubomb
50T6
Oktay Oktay
75T6
juicyfruit
85T6
Matt92
85T4
jgreenwood jgreenwood
85T9
tambrosed
86T6
vinlant
92T7
xanderbisc xanderbisc
60T8
jmsenise jmsenise
85T9
dusticus dusticus
100T10
ferguson
70T6
Viva_Vox Viva Vox
15T1
allan danozu
70T7
Malcym
5T4
The beautiful paintings in the Chauvet caves speak for themselves, and are effortlessly enthralling. Less so are Herzog's ramblings and the interviews, only sporadically insightful and frequently repetitive. A missed opportunity, really.
fabioleal
71T6
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