Cave of Forgotten Dreams

DVD - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
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

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : IFC Films, 2011
ISBN: 9780788614156
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE CAVE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (G)(90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternate Title: Ode to the dawn of man
Notes: DVD release of the 2010 motion picture
Special features: Ode to the dawn of man (short film by Werner Herzog); trailer


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Aug 26, 2014
  • pianoDan rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I agree with a lot of the other comments. It was neat to see the cave paintings and some interviews. But it was quite redundant (Yup, I've seen those horses about 10 times already.) Also, the music was distracting, and the narrative was a bit too artsy. It says nothing about what materials might have been used to create the drawings.

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
  • geomillar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Initially intriguing. Informative. Gradually irksome. Irritating. Eventually mind-numbing. Catatonic. An incredibly priceless discovery. Unfortunately, the presentation of it was not for me. There's a limit to how long one can stare at repeated angles of randomly lit horse heads with a caterwauling accompaniment before dementia sets in.

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.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Werner Herzog: "In a forbidden recess of the cave, there's a footprint of an eight year old boy next to the footprint of a wolf. Did a hungry wolf stalk the boy? Or did they walk together as friends? Or were their tracks made thousands of years apart? We'll never know."


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