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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 ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

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)
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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20 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Vital subject, astonishingly beautiful images, hokey analysis, 1 May 2011
Author: Alex S ( from New York, NY

The photography of the cave is amazing. Everyone should go see this film for its images. Herzog makes some really extravagant claims about the cultural significance of these paintings, and he might be right. Since the cave is closed to everyone except a handful of scholars, this film probably represents our only chance to see inside of the cave.

There's a moment in the film where Herzog talks about German Romanticism, and it seems to me that the film comes from a perspective that is very much informed by ideas from that movement. His analysis is emotional and sweeping, and not terribly rigorous. If you dig Joseph Campbell, you'll love this.

Even as I write this, I know it's not fair, but I sometimes have a hard time with that mythic Teutonic longing for the past. It all seems to be bound up in a big ball, the ugly political elements and anti-semitism, the creepy mysticism of the Jungians, etc. Despite all of that, you have to give a guy like Wagner his due, because he created some astonishing things by going down that road. Herzog himself has made some amazing films, and maybe movies like Aguirre came about in part because Herzog went down that road. I love that film.

But German Romanticism didn't produce any cave paintings, the idea that ideas of the people who made the Chauvet cave paintings more than 30,000 years ago had anything to do with the ideas of the German Romanticists is extremely implausible. It's shoddy thinking.

But if you buy into the reading that Herzog gives these paintings, it's a lot more natural to think that Wagner's Rhinemaidens represent an authentic connection to a mythic past, that they aren't anachronistic constructions of a Romantic movement that was very much a product of the 19th and 20th centuries. And if you believe that those ideas from German Romanticism are, in a sense, eternal and out of time, you imbue them with an authority they don't deserve. And that authority is probably going to spill over on to some of the uglier aspects of the German Romanticist program.

Herzog is so important to Americans who love art house cinema that he's kind of a sacred cow. I feel the same way about him. But the stuff he says here about the albino crocodiles just doesn't make any sense. It's not even like it's wrong -- it literally doesn't make any sense. At some point we have to stand up and admit the emperor has no clothes.

I'm being contrarian here. There's a lot to love in this movie, and I do think that everyone should see it.

There are paintings in that cave that have the most amazing, perfect lines. I don't what the people who made them were like, or why they made the paintings, or how they learned their technique.

But they're definitely something to see.

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