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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

(DVD - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
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A breathtaking new documentary from the incomparable Werner Herzog, follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. An unforgettable cinematic experience that provides an unique glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago, almost twice as old as any previous discovery.
Title: Cave of forgotten dreams
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Published: Washington, D.C. : IFC Films, 2011.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: Ode to the dawn of man (short film by Werner Herzog); trailer.
DVD release of the 2010 motion picture.
Summary: A breathtaking new documentary from the incomparable Werner Herzog, follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. An unforgettable cinematic experience that provides an unique glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago, almost twice as old as any previous discovery.
Audience: MPAA rating G.
Local Note: 1 2
ISBN: 0788614150
9780788614156
Branch Call Number: DVD 759.0112 CAV
Statement of Responsibility: Sundance Selects, Creative Differences and History Films present ; written and directed by Werner Herzog ; produced by Erik Nelson and Adrienne Ciuffo
Credits: Editors, Joe Bini, Maya Hawke ; director of photography, Peter Zeitlinger ; music, Ernst Reijseger.
Performers: Narrated by Werner Herzog.
System Details: DVD ; anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1) presentation ; Dolby digital 5.1 surround.
Other Language: Closed-captioned.
In English, with optional subtitles in English or Spanish.
Subject Headings: Art, Prehistoric France Vallon-Pont-d'Arc Video recordings. Cave paintings France Vallon-Pont-d'Arc Video recordings. Chauvet Cave (France) Video recordings.
Genre/Form: Nonfiction films.
Documentary films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Topical Term: Art, Prehistoric
Cave paintings
Publisher No: IFC9792
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Jan 29, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is the closest any of us will ever get to see these closed-to-the-public 30,000 year old art works ! This film is our ONLY chance to "be there". The images of the paintings are beautifully done !! ...BUT: .. The film is too long, and redundant, and with a soundtrack too Herzogian,.. and this self-conscious 'artsyness' detracts from our own real experience of the actual art ! Nor does Herzog share with us any of the information or conjecture about technique, art materials, social context, motivation, or the 'Who?' and the 'Why?' surrounding the making of these great works of art. Surely there are worthy ideas, and information, and technical discoveries about the creation of these paintings that could have been included !? BUT this film is still our only access to these works,.. and a 'Must See', for those of us who are intrested in what it is to be human.

Jan 29, 2014
  • Froster rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

An “A” rating for the access and the cinematography, a “C” rating for the weak narration and the even weaker philoosphical musings. (And an “F” for the extremely annoying vocal score). Herzog seems determined to link these magnificent artifacts with cinema. He does so with little success and a lot of straining. It is a privilege, however to go into these hallowed precincts with a handful of guides and his camera crew.

Nov 17, 2013
  • bookwormjeph rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

a beautifully filmed and narrated doco from Werner Herzog of a cave of art work, discovered in Southern France in 1994, more than 30,000 years old. Spellbinding it is, informative in a subtle way and inspiring.

Nov 03, 2013
  • miriam666 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Hated the whole soundtrack. I wish the visuals had been presented clearly, slowly, methodically, and we could choose our own music. Learning about identifications of artists and animals, dating, figuring out what caves were used for and when--all great. Music and commentary not so much.

Jan 26, 2013
  • George Millar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Painful to watch? NONSENSE. It was a thorough insight into the lives of the earliest Europeans.

Sep 10, 2012
  • dprodrig rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This was extremely painful to watch - I mean, I love odd, quirky things, but this has little to do with the actual paintings and more to do with IMAGINING what those people must've been like, with a whole lot of whirling images and music. DON'T borrow this. Your time is worth more.

Aug 14, 2012
  • acbradford rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Overdone and way too drawn out. Man, did this film have some hype surrounding it and it so did not warrant it. So glad I didn't waste my $$ to see it in the theater! Had the BBC covered these cave paintings, it would have been way better. And I can't believe people are giving this thing an average of 4 stars... all while also complaining about it. My only guess is because of the mega media blitz, which told everyone how great it was? People, it's not.

Aug 12, 2012
  • miaone rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The paintings are wonderful, but the music is irritating and the directing is overblown.

Jun 11, 2012
  • lshapir2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this film and it had no trouble holding my interest, but in classic Werner Herzog fashion, it is somewhat overblown. A lot of time is spent on artsy shots of the paintings set to music. I believe we see sweeping shots of 4 horses painted on one wall 10 or 11 times by the end of the film. I also agree with others that more time could have been devoted to the cave people who actually created these: what do we actually know about their social system and how they may have created these paintings? Why were so many different kinds of animals painted? Were they (lions, bears, mammoths) considered predators or prey? Some indication is given that the space may have been used for rituals of some sort but we never really get any more detail than that. Perhaps the lack of explanation is intended to leave the viewer with a sense of wonderment which seems to be the utmost focus of the film.

Jun 06, 2012
  • AQUILEA777 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The modeling technique is surprisingly sophisticated. If the paintings are really authentic, as one must suppose at this point, the primitive painters were more skilled than their successors until recent centuries. What does that say about human development? The film is NOT too long, and only gets better as it unfolds. Don't skip any of it.

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