Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Werner Herzog’s (Grizzly ManAguirre Wrath of God) new documentary on the Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc in Southern France – limestone caves that contain 30,000 year-old paintings, first discovered in 1994.

"Here, amid gleaming stalactites and stalagmites and a carpet of animal bones, beautiful images of horses gallop on walls alongside bison and a ghostly menagerie of cave lions, cave bears and woolly mammoths. The cave was discovered in December 1994 by three French cavers… The French government soon took custody of the cave, and ordinary visitors were barred to protect it, as Mr Herzog explains in his distinctive voice-over, from the kind of damage done to other prehistoric caverns. Being not remotely ordinary, he persuaded the government to allow him and a tiny crew to join the researchers who visit the cave to plumb its secrets… Herzog is an agreeable, sometimes characteristically funny guide, whether showing you the paintings or talking with the men and women who study them." (NZ International Film Festival 2011)

Winner of Best Documentary at the New York Film Critic Awards 2011.
2010Rating: G90 minsUSA, UK, France
Documentary
Director:
Werner Herzog ('Grizzly Man', 'Rescue Dawn', 'Aguirre: The Wrath of God')
Cast:
Werner Herzog
45%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

There are moments when the helmer's enthusiasm, though always welcome, seems at odds with the mood of transcendent wonder he's trying to conjure.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

After the millionth lingering shot of a cave wall, you may be less enthused, but this is still a worthwhile trip.

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

What a gift Werner Herzog offers with Cave of Forgotten Dreams.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's almost like watching the reinvention of the cinematic medium.

4.0
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Salon

Salon

press

These images are breathtaking — unlike anything you’ve seen before or will see again

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

To the degree that it's possible for us to walk behind Herzog into that cave, we do so.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An incredible 3D journey into one of the greatest prehistory discoveries.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Profound, mysterious and utterly absorbing.

4.0
0

Ok for the diehard documentary buffs but for the rest of us so boring that we can hear our own heart beat.

1.0
0

This is an amazing documentary that stirred my imagination. It doesn't offer to many answers, I think because there aren't any - it presents the mystery that the cave drawings hold. What were we humans thinking 35,000 years ago, and how do these drawings represent that? Recommended for anyone with even a passing interesting in history or art.

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

There are moments when the helmer's enthusiasm, though always welcome, seems at odds with the mood of transcendent wonder he's trying to conjure.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

After the millionth lingering shot of a cave wall, you may be less enthused, but this is still a worthwhile trip.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

What a gift Werner Herzog offers with Cave of Forgotten Dreams.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's almost like watching the reinvention of the cinematic medium.

4.0
0
Salon

Salon

press

These images are breathtaking — unlike anything you’ve seen before or will see again

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

To the degree that it's possible for us to walk behind Herzog into that cave, we do so.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An incredible 3D journey into one of the greatest prehistory discoveries.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Profound, mysterious and utterly absorbing.

4.0
0

Ok for the diehard documentary buffs but for the rest of us so boring that we can hear our own heart beat.

1.0
0

This is an amazing documentary that stirred my imagination. It doesn't offer to many answers, I think because there aren't any - it presents the mystery that the cave drawings hold. What were we humans thinking 35,000 years ago, and how do these drawings represent that? Recommended for anyone with even a passing interesting in history or art.

5.0
0