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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Directed by Werner Herzog
United States, Germany, 2010


Werner Herzog gains rare access to the Chauvet caves of southern France to film the oldest known images of mankind. He puts 3D technology to a profound use, taking us back in time over 30,000 years.

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams Directed by Werner Herzog

Critics reviews

The 3D is gorgeous. I even found it enhanced by the low-quality video from Herzog’s recce. As has often been remarked, the film focusses on flat line drawings, but drawn on the contours of curving walls, so a lot of the movie is looking at fairly subtle spacial gradations — a nice, tasteful use of the medium. But Herzog also had a guy demonstrating cro-magnon weaponry, who sticks a spear right in our faces. Subtlety is most effective when contrasted with its opposite. Ask Ken Russell.
September 14, 2017
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…A documentary so concrete yet seemingly so imaginary—two qualities Herzog combines like a lucid dreamer whether he’s working in fiction or non-fiction.
May 13, 2011
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