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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Directed by Werner Herzog
United States, Germany, 2010
Documentary, History


In 1994, a group of scientists discovered a cave in France perfectly preserved for over 20,000 years and containing the earliest known human paintings. The French government cut-off all access to it, save for a few archaeologists, paleontologists, and eventually, the great Werner Herzog.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams Directed by Werner Herzog
The paintings are extraordinary and the 3-D cinematography invites the viewer to get lost in every brushstroke. This is one of the few films to use the format for intellectual, even philosophical ends: the added depth parallels the deeper understanding of humanity that the paintings inspire.
May 05, 2011
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Without lobbing a single virtual projectile at the audiences’ faces, Cave of Forgotten Dreams nevertheless presents the best use of 3D I have yet to see in a movie—so good, in fact, that its camerawork may demand a new classification beyond traditional “cinematography.”  Cave of Forgotten Dreams announces that we have entered the age of “Holography.”
April 30, 2011
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Whatever the reason, it’s a blast to be inside the cave, to see these images, within 3-D grabbing reach.
April 28, 2011
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