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Cave of Forgotten Dreams ()

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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 42 collections
1. 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (public: moderated by kozan26 - 161 stars)
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jethro
80T7
luxcus
92T8
killcare
59T2
OMGFridge OMGFridge
7T7
Interesting subject matter yet I never felt fully engulfed or transported by Herzog. More like a very solid tv special.
Sarah2492 Sarah2492
70T6
magnoliakid
80T1
rehtnap
60T5
skopofil skopofil
79T6
Carlospro Carlospro
85T9
bkam
55T2
Pugs4Less Pugs4Less
86T7
macgyvebot
95T8
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.
aerrich
50T5
NRM01
45T2
buckhaven
8T6
mallamp
70T6
electriccafe electriccafe
55T4
ratedargh ratedargh
70T5
rTrueFilm r/TrueFilm
90T8
Risselada Risselada
65T5
marcon65 marco_n65
74T4
DSchmitt
75T7
upagainst upagainst
85T5
nrm5
80T10
allan danozu
70T7
SnoopyStyle
70T7
jsk12
90T10
karamazov karamazov.
41T6
Better than whatever documentary's on television right now, I guess. Ending was excellent.
ddarque
83T6
strangelime
85T7
Ammit
90T7
sproost sproost
70T7
gam01 gam01
60T4
DetoxP DetoxP
1T6
MurphDick
85T7
aethling
65T6
WoozyB
95T10
sa1988
95T10
GSteve
90T8
Cronos
60T6
jackinthebox jackinthebox
80T8
mkellins
65T7
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.
ColonelTigh
89T4
jutleyeah
78T2
Nelson Nog
85T6
Luk92 Luk92
65T4
pzingg
88T6
ekxon
85T7
brettz
80T6
fenixdown fenixdown
74T5
Bocuma
90T8
moodeuce
70T6
ibodirector ibodirector
78T8
izukaitz
100T9
buckdiddy
80T7
Golfingdanls
7T7
FunkyAstro FunkyAstro
60T6
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.
comepelicula comepelicula
70T7
willow
40T3
etherealtard
73T5
SlantMag SlantMag
35T10
"As with all of Herzog's nonfiction efforts, it's spellbound by the wonder of man's relationship to his surroundings." - Nick Schager
laika laika
73T6
Guernica Guernica
43T4
Barraoc Barraoc
60T5
You know those documentaries that shift your perception on a topic, or change the way you look at the world or maybe yourself? Well this isn't one of those. I suppose it's important for capturing something we wouldn't get a chance to see otherwise. I just wish I could summon as much enthusiasm for the drawings as some of the scientists studying them seem to have... Also, I found out that albino crocodiles are really spooky. #1001Movies
Seftref
65T6
IsaacFord IsaacFord
85T5
bof bof
75T7
Gesine Gesine
74T5
CHOICECOD CHOICECOD
74T5
ru5tyb1ke5
9T8
tinysausage tinysausage
75T7
The usual Herzog concoction of beauty, poetry, eccentrics and... alligators. Again.
saudade saudade
57T8
doughbaron
77T8
ain sof
90T9
viniciusjn viniciusjn
90T9
theguest
89T10
ErikaC
100T10
Groooan
33T8
SirRobbie SirRobbie
80T9
zamanzaman zamanzaman
74T9
Communicants Communicants
85T9
honeycuttwc
70T8
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.
IsaacR
70T6
NeoRaven NeoRaven
79T9
Grouchy Grouchy
87T8
theficionado
75T8
pjdevitt
87T10
cdub12
62T4
spacehamm
90T10
thiemen
6T6
pascally
76T9
JEMN
90T9
radumsmn radumsmn
80T10
fartblaster fartblaster
65T5
cagedwisdom cagedwisdom
50T5
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.
ericdupont ericdupont
85T8
timmytom
80T8
aylakadam
80T6
CiTay
80T8
adidawha adidawha
80T8
frigmagnet frigmagnet
60T4
felpola felipetschuk
70T7
RUIMJO
49T4
HVM
60T4
Calabria Calabria
81T6
35,000 years old.
ktothea
90T10
adamquelch
75T5
Nilsbar
82T7
P_Lemgruber burmashave
95T10
Matthew_Parkinson Matthew Parkinson (The Escapist)
60T7
green_man Edson Abas
56T5
DilksOut DilksOut
75T4
STFUDonny STFUDonny
6T5
ferguson
70T6
jewellrunner jewellrunner
72T6
DougieD
80T6
Jake_R
90T10
combsy combsy
95T10
Danilolopes Danilolopes
89T8
hasinman hasinman
80T9
babyoneeye
100T10
frankswild frankswild
80T8
kubrick86
80T7
bennyg
70T3
AceySaid10 AceySaid10%
78T4
IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
75T7
Who8muhrice
82T6
fangus
83T6
LoboLopez Lobo_Lopez
79T8
maul.77
84T8
t_briggs
88T8
cayh
80T8
manwich
70T5
ddrudges d_drudges
70T9
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.
angrypierre angrypierre
88T10
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.
mjm8458 mjm8458
4T9
psych0naut psych0naut (The Socialist Standard)
40T2
hattrik
82T5
PFish
65T7
donquixotic
80T10
AshenLight AshenLight
84T5
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.
Phelipe Phelipe
80T7
aurora aurora
72T8
kevinpickles
80T9
camara camara
78T6
TAYLOR_MANIA TAYLOR-MANIA
90T7
b4con b4con
90T9
felixm85
80T7
Simon M.
77T6
Jjitsu
89T9
bones_r
70T6
roger-ebert
35T8
andymalafaia andymalafaia
55T6
Mattsdmf
80T7
Debaser__
68T6
juicyfruit
85T6
cwcwcwcw
90T9
dusticus dusticus
100T10
Gody85 Gody85
54T7
MCR
86T10
denm
60T6
bobyang bobyang
70T5
Viva_Vox Viva Vox
15T1
feelgoodguy feelgoodguy
82T9
KTP KTP
46T5
kedar1981 kedar1981
80T8
joachimt joachimt
70T6
zurnzurn
70T7
awprokop
65T7
Mr_Mocata Mr. Mocata
76T5
TrixRabbi TrixRabbi
70T4
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.
Facastro Facastro
70T8
IluvMovies IluvMovies
0T1
FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
73T6
gogolit gogolit
4T7
Colten97
90T5
icarusdive icarusdive
89T7
filmcave
63T2
zwyk
72T7
richard_1979
70T2
spacerace
70T1
balseiros balseiros
70T5
EgbertSouse EgbertSouse
85T7
Kerc Kerc
10T1
IMDBpredict
74T8
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.
syntaxerror syntaxerror
92T6
kakivsjok kakivsjok
80T7
bmmello
95T10
kennardjon
75T6
DTI
71T2
CBad3115
91T6
O_o
88T8
norbasha
82T5
LordBeefJerk
70T7
firebirdekb
70T6
lapcat01
80T9
Bojangles Bojangles
75T9
waterfall
80T6
BaalMan
70T4
TalkShowH finkly
70T7
chemtrails chemtrails
80T9
Glad I watched this
gloam
70T5
schnofel schnofel
54T5
MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
39T9
redmdb redmdb
83T2
weirdyoda weirdyoda
76T5
Beej
70T5
cRckls
60T4
mawy mawy
99T6
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.
Achk
7T8
bigreddal
55T2
littlepanda littlepanda
93T8
toro913
54T5
whitejeft whitejeft
80T5
kpmlrtx
55T7
ceja ceja
55T4
gabehabash gabehabash
60T4
Maps
75T6
two-ton_rat
91T9
epicur epicur
57T4
Meowfresh Meowfresh
99T10
NightGoat72 NightGoat72
50T5
oread oread
80T8
hubies hubies
80T8
FrankHowley FrankHowley
40T1
frankslater
85T6
Timmer
75T7
Cantstopdrew Cantstopdrew
81T7
tomservo5
70T8
luc luc
70T7
letterboxdvo letterboxdvo
36T6
brandonpcv brandonpcv
66T6
ajcabrer1 ajcabrer1
75T2
undinum undinum
75T6
SeanBerndorff SeanBerndorff
60T5
Rufam Rufam
65T5
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.
filmaffinity filmaffinity
73T9
Cerebrus Cerebrus
60T5
C12H17N2O4P C12H17N2O4P
65T4
Henrik Henrik
70T6
jkwall jkwall
4T8
kk3thess kk3thess
70T7
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.
D34F PeterdeJ
60T3
Meta_Critic Meta Critic
86T10
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