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Werner Herzog (written by)
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25 March 2011 (Ireland) See more »
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Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Werner Herzog ... Himself / Narrator
Jean Clottes ... Himself
Julien Monney ... Himself
Jean-Michel Geneste ... Himself
Michel Philippe ... Himself
Gilles Tosello ... Himself
Carole Fritz ... Herself
Dominique Baffier ... Herself
Valerie Feruglio ... Herself
Nicholas Conard ... Himself
Maria Malina ... Herself
Wulf Hein ... Himself
Maurice Maurin ... Himself
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Charles Fathy ... Interpreter (voice) (uncredited)

Volker Schlöndorff ... Narrator (French version) (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Werner Herzog 
 
Writing credits
Werner Herzog (written by)

Judith Thurman  article (uncredited)

Produced by
Andrea Anderson .... associate producer
Amy Briamonte .... co-producer
Adrienne Ciuffo .... producer
Phil Fairclough .... co-producer
Dave Harding .... executive producer: Creative Differences
Julian Hobbs .... executive producer: History Films (as Julian P. Hobbs)
David McKillop .... executive producer: History Films
Erik Nelson .... producer
Molly Thompson .... executive producer: History Films
Judith Thurman .... co-producer
Alain Zenou .... associate producer
Nicolas Zunino .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Ernst Reijseger 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Zeitlinger (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joe Bini 
Maya Hawke 
 
Production Management
Randall M. Boyd .... supervising producer: post-production (as Randall Boyd)
Matteo Rivoli .... unit manager
 
Sound Department
Michael Klinger .... sound mixer: Post-production (as Mike Klinger)
Eric Spitzer .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Kaur Kallas .... 3d compositor
Van Ling .... motion graphics
Cabinet Perazio .... 3d animator
José Péral .... 3d animator
James E.D. Stewart .... 3D mastering: Geneva Film Co.
Serge Valcke .... 3d animator
Eduard Vaseloo .... 3d compositor (as Eduard Vaselo)
Brad Wensley .... artist: Quantel Pablo
Kennedy Zielke .... 3d mastering: Geneva Film Co.
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Blackman .... stereoscopic 3d consultant: Espirit Film
Kaspar Kallas .... supervisor: 3D-system-design
Erik Söllner .... assistant camera (as Erik Soellner)
Marc Valesella .... still photographer
Chris Watts .... stereographer
Jonathan Watts .... 3d rigs: British Technical Films
 
Editorial Department
Alex Bushe .... assistant editor
Colin Hatton .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Sean Bergin .... musician: flute
Harmen Fraanje .... musician: organ, piano
Nederlands Kamerkoor .... musicians
Ernst Reijseger .... musician: violoncello
Stefan Winter .... music producer
Peter Fuchs .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Josh Braun .... advisor: domestic distribution
Jérémy Coste .... production assistant
Amy Grey .... publicist: Dish Communications
Bill Hayes .... accountant
Tabitha Jackson .... commissioning editor: Channel 4
Hong La .... accountant
Ashley Marriner .... publicist: Dish Communications (as Asley Mariner)
Hamish Mykura .... commissioning editor: Channel 4
David Perrin .... production assistant
Cynthia Shapiro .... business affairs
Marc H. Simon .... distribution legal (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Dominique Baffier .... special thanks
Éliette Brunel .... dedicatee
Jean-Marie Chauvet .... dedicatee
Jean Clottes .... special thanks
Nicholas Conard .... special thanks
Valérie Fergulio .... special thanks
Carole Fritz .... special thanks
Jean-Michel Geneste .... special thanks
Christian Hillaire .... dedicatee
Maria Malina .... special thanks
Julien Monney .... special thanks
Michel Philippe .... special thanks
 

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90 min | Canada:95 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Nicholas Conard:I think what's extremely important is that we realize that archeology today is not a heroic adventure with spades and picks, but high tech scientific work that's done with incredible detail.See more »
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Referenced in Ode to the Dawn of Man (2011)See more »

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18 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Unforgettable, 12 May 2011
Author: John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio

Don't miss auteur Werner Herzog's memorable documentary, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, about the French Chauvet Cave. It contains the earliest extant art work of humanity from over 30,000 years ago. Paleolithic renderings of animals such as horses, lions, and cave bears, some in motion as if early filmmaking ("a form of proto-cinema," Herzog says) are rendered so lifelike by the film that I'm satisfied to have gotten as close as is possible without damaging the environment.

With special permission from the culture ministry and only a few hours per day, Herzog takes a non-professional 3-D camera and a few scientists and crew into the cave, which was sealed by a landslide some 20, 000 years ago and therefore in pristine shape. So careful are the French that they plan to construct a theme park with exact reproduction of the Cave in order to satisfy the public's natural interest in seeing the drawings but yet keep them from spoiling the treasures with their breaths.

3-D aids appreciation of the curvatures of the caves and the rich dimensions of the drawings, about 400 of them, and the cave-bear fossils and scratches. Ernst Reijseger's understated orchestration complements the lyrical and mysterious world that Herzog's voice cradles.

Because no one is allowed to walk outside the small walkway and few humans will ever enter, an eerie Egyptian tomb-like atmosphere pervades, captured by Herzog's pensive, wistful ruminations about mankind. For the director of such eccentric films as Aguirre: The Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, both about mysteriously powerful humans, and similarly the documentary Grizzly, about an odd bear lover, this film is evidence of the filmmaker's wide-ranging zest for the inscrutable spiritual roots of secular achievement and madness.

Of course, there's the romantic take by the French scientists and narrator Herzog, who all describe hearing the voices of these ancient homo-sapien artists echo in the chambers. Herzog's inscrutable post script, perfectly in character with this out-there director involves nuclear reactors, warm water, and thriving alligators. When you figure out his meaning of the doppelganging albino alligators, write me with your answer, for I'm still trying to figure it out.

Meanwhile, Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a superior documentary with the right combination of visual clarity and authorial insight to make everlastingly memorable the forgotten dreams of our ancestors and ourselves.

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Have I missed the 3D boat? svenrufus
Only picture of a person in the cave, and we can't see all of it? mikey074
How fascinating were the paintings in this documentary? jerry4444
I've visited that place with the crocodiles Lin301
I've been to the Ardche Valley waldenpond88
3D is unnecessary in this kind of cinema: the movie tells it! fbobraga-617-892034
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