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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 - 160 stars)
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4. 3D (public: moderated by djross - 1 star)
5. 30. istanbul film festival (public: moderated by buak - 1 star)
6. Werner Herzog, Documentary feature films (public: moderated by Cuculiza - 1 star)
8. 2011 US Theatrical (public: moderated by DrBroel)
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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.
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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.
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Perhaps a rare example of one better to have seen in 3D
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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.
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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.
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My second Herzog doc, after Grizzly Man. Came into this sceptical but it was pretty enlightening. The last 20? minutes are phenomenal.
wetwillies wetwillies
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Viewed August 12, 2016. The genius of Werner Herzog is that he will derail an interview just to figure out that his subject juggled for the circus before he became an archaeologist. Those drawings aren't just historical curios of a time long gone. They're the feeble remains of the people who drew them, the only proof that their lives ever meant anything to anyone. Did they dream? Did they cry at night? Why don't we wonder?
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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.
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The usual Herzog concoction of beauty, poetry, eccentrics and... alligators. Again.
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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.
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Werner Herzog has given meaning and value to 3D. Is there anything he can't do?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Interesting subject matter yet I never felt fully engulfed or transported by Herzog. More like a very solid tv special.
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Very slow, but rewarding.
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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?
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Better than whatever documentary's on television right now, I guess. Ending was excellent.
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Excellent.
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DavidJohnson DavidJohnson
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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.
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CinemaAsia Cinema_Asia
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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.
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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.
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Glad I watched this
brendoman brendoman
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Caves are awesome and so is Werner Herzog so I really dug it.
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