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Cave of Forgotten Dreams -- Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting.
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Werner Herzog (written by)
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Release Date:
25 March 2011 (Ireland) See more »
Plot:
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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Mesmerising, beautiful and compelling See more (82 total) »

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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Werner Herzog:In a forbidden recess of the cave, there's a footprint of an eight-year-old boy next to the footprint of a wolf. Did a hungry wolf stalk the boy? Or did they walk together as friends? Or were their tracks made thousands of years apart? We'll never know.See more »
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Referenced in Particle Fever (2013)See more »

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30 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Mesmerising, beautiful and compelling, 13 April 2011
Author: buster1976 from United Kingdom

This is the first Herzog feature I've seen on the big screen and I had read a few reviews on here before going. It's worth noting that I went to the Greenwich Picturehouse cinema in London. The screen, seating, sound and facilities were first class. I'd urge you to see this somewhere with top quality projection and sound.

This is a film about some French caves that contain paintings and markings made up to 32,000 years ago. Herzog documents the difficulties in viewing these astonishing sights and the further problems in filming them. As he seems to be able to do in any situation, Werner finds the most interesting, possibly obsessed and eccentric people to help illustrate the remarkable nature of this cave network.

The film is in 3D. A special 3D camera was made due to the constricted nature of the caves and the early part of the film was shot on a non-professional camera. A few reviews have complained of noise from low light dancing in 3D before their eyes. I saw none of this at all - in fact the 3D was really well handled and didn't detract from the subject matter at all. The undulation in the rocks are part of the paintings - the people that painted them used the contours as the shape of the things they drew. All that said, I don't know how well the 3D will translate to the small screen.

The sound is entrancing. The score is haunting and majestic, much like the French scenery we see and swoop over. A few people have complained of the heartbeat noise that is heard over the "silence" that we're told to experience but I felt it worked well, even on the second occurrence.

There are some odd moments, keeping to Herzog's style, including a crocodile-infested biosphere on the Rhone which Herzog uses to describe the human impact on the environment in the area around the caves. A few of the cave-investigating scientists are odd too, but I imagine the Bavarian director's questions often create an impression of abnormality in the sanest of subjects. Some of the interviews reminded me of The White Diamond or the friends of Tim Treadwell in Grizzly Man.

I'm delighted to have seen a Herzog film on the big screen and felt that this was the equal of "Encounters" or "Grizzly Man". It doesn't have the edgy feel of La Soufriere but that's to its credit. Go see it if you can but make sure it's at the best screen you can.

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Only picture of a person in the cave, and we can't see all of it? mikey074
Have I missed the 3D boat? svenrufus
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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