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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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Forecast: 'Apes' Sequel Swings In to Theaters This Weekend
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Werner Herzog's "Hearsay of the Soul"
 (From MUBI. 10 March 2014, 7:27 AM, PDT)

Misogynist Documentary Branch? Oscar 2014
 (From Alt Film Guide. 21 January 2014, 4:20 PM, PST)

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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Charles Fathy ... Interpreter (voice) (uncredited)

Volker Schlöndorff ... Narrator (French version) (voice) (uncredited)

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:Crocodiles have been introduced into this brooding jungle and warmed by the water to cool the reactor, man do they thrive. There are already hundreds of them. Not surprisingly, mutant albinos swim and breed in these waters. A thought is born of this surreal environment...See more »
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23 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Cave art with Werner Herzog, 6 May 2011
Author: Favog from Washington, DC

I loved this movie -- I mean, I was just enchanted. It was everything I'd hoped it would be and more. My friends whined about this and that -- the music was discordant, the camera-work was too shaky, what was the deal with the albino crocodiles, etc. etc. and so forth. Bleh. What do they know?

Werner Herzog has filmed a 3-D documentary at Chauvet Cave in southern France, location of the oldest known artwork on the planet. Surely you've seen pictures? The cave walls are covered with prehistoric renderings of bison and bears and lions and horses and woolly rhinoceroses and more -- all drawn in a similar style over 30,000 years ago with the sure hand of accomplished artists skilled in techniques of shading and placement and composition. Astonishingly, while these days we seem to move from realism to impressionism to cubism to whateverism at the drop of a decade, scientists seem certain that some of the stylistically identical Chauvet Cave images were created as much as 5,000 years apart.

And what wonderful images they are! Even on the pages of the National Geographic the lions roar ferociously and the horses neigh in terror and the rhinoceroses battle to the death while the bison gallop away in a prehistoric stampede. But Herzog has given us more than a mere magazine can manage -- he's brought life to animals in Chauvet Cave through the magic of the 3-D process.

Yes, I know, 3-D sucks. But in this film 3-D isn't just a gimmick -- the process actually pays off. Of course I'd seen 2-D pictures of Chauvet Cave, but until seeing this film I'd never understood how much the walls of the cave undulate, and more important, how the paintings take advantage of all those curvy surfaces. The muscles of the lion ripple with the cave walls; the body of the bison is placed perfectly so that as the rock turns at a sharp angle, the animal's head can be drawn to face the viewer -- in 3-D the cave seems miraculously to come to life.

Chauvet Cave was discovered in 1994 and for a time the public could visit. But it soon became apparent that human intrusions were changing the atmosphere of the cave, as mold began growing on the walls, and the precious art that had survived in pristine peace for thirty millennia was being threatened. Now the French government has wisely, blessedly closed the place to the public. Herzog and his crew were allowed to enter only for a limited time with limited gear, and from the sound of it this filmed record may be the best we'll see for quite a while.

I was fascinated by the whole thing and I wish I had a way to thank Werner Herzog personally for taking me to a magical place I regret I'll never be able to visit. I think that theme park they're planning to build nearby -- the one at which they'll recreate the cave for tourists -- probably wouldn't do much for me. This film, though, was a very welcome, quite unforgettable experience.

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