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Cave of Forgotten Dreams Synopsis
Werner Herzog explores the oldest-known pictures by people within the Chauvet Caves in France.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The cave exists to provoke awe in mere mortals. The camera pauses at one point to take in a stalagmite reaching up to touch, nearly, a...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Director Werner Herzog's latest cinematic mind trip blows you away with its beauty.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This truly intimate film invites viewers to commune as well and feel a profound living connection with fellow humans of 30,000 years ago.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
Cave of Forgotten Dreams is compelling, sometimes in a hypnotic, sleepy-bye way.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
To call this movie fascinating is akin to calling the Grand Canyon large.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Go underground with magic glasses on your nose and you won't regret it.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
And how can you not reflect about time, and change, and physical and spiritual being, when confronted with such a stunning visual record of...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Art history lessons don't get much better: Cave of Forgotten Dreams presents the world's oldest paintings captured by one of film's great...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Cinema's greatest caveman meets his ancestors. For us, it's a reassurance: The creative process is astonishingly old and its fruits still...
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By Jeannette Catsoulis
With its whispery conversations, sepulchral atmosphere and soothing play of light and shadow, Cave of Forgotten Dreams is probably best...
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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

By miriamkarp
I'm so grateful that the French government gave Herzog permission to film at the Chauvet caves since this movie will be the closest I'll ever get to seeing them. The artwork is amazing and Herzog's...

Good History Buried in Art

By Stephen Mohn
This is a 90 minute film which, devoid of its art, presents an interesting summary of not only the cave "art" of an absolutely illiterate culture but also the fascinating effect of striking beautiful...

Animals in Mind

By Jake_Gittes
So sorry I missed this documentary in 3D. The contours of the cave walls seem to be essential parts of the paintings. Of course, as the movie turns our theater into a kind of cave, the ancient...

Excellent film on the subject

By dart800
I will be the first to admit that this film is not for everyone. Many of the audience members may be put to sleep by the pacing. I myself enjoyed most of it, especially the perfumer they engaged to...

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

By movieflick02
Good camera works but lots of scene repetition. Those interested in natural history will enjoy this documentary....

Wait for it on tv.

By VMM101
Very good, but there's no reason to pay a lot for it or to see it on a big screen....

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

By dck1
Beautifully done, dreamlike and haunting....

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

By als777
A relatively slow movie that was beautifully presented and took me far outside my usual world....

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

By doilovemovies
Very interesting movie. Wish they had moved their cameras slower so we could have taken everything in more deeply. Sometimes hard to understand if the French accent was too strong. Infused some...

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Rated G
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Common Sense Media says Docu about ancient cave art is tame but aimed at adults.
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