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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
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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23 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Herzog: the Indiana Jones of Documentarians, 1 June 2011
Author: Colin George from United States

No one shoots 32,000 year-old cave paintings like Werner Herzog. First off, they're not allowed. The storied German filmmaker was recently granted unprecedented access to Chauvet caves in south France, which house the earliest known human paintings. Cave of Forgotten Dreams is the latest in his library of offbeat and mostly fascinating documentaries. Of course, Herzog's unique perspective is as much a draw as the subject matter itself — the man could make a movie about dirt and I'd be the first in line.

Fortunately, he's dealing with no such handicap here. The paintings that line Chauvet are beautiful, perfectly preserved, and enigmatic. But it's their technique that's most impressive. The conception that early man doodled only rudimentary stick figures and geometric animals is a fallacy, as the craft on display in Cave of Forgotten Dreams is staggering. So much so that early analysis doubted the authenticity of the drawings. Sealed beneath a thick layer of calcite, however, carbon dating proved them genuine.

In truth, there are no depictions of man on the walls of Chauvet. Instead, most panels appear an altar to the animal kingdom, with awesome recreations of bison, horses, lions, and now extinct wooly rhinos. Painted from memory in a dark recess of the cave, the images could only be seen by firelight. Art historians speculate that in those flickering flames, the drawings might have appeared to take life, which Herzog equates to a sort of "proto-cinema." Also of special interest to the director is a bison with a woman's body painted onto the curvature of a stalactite.

Complete with bizarre metaphors, inner musings, and tangential conversation, there can be no mistaking the author of Cave of Forgotten Dreams. At times, the filmmaker even seems aware that he's being Werner Herzog. Not every one of his digressions proves equally illuminating, but you can't really complain about Herzog being Herzog in a Herzog documentary.

Funded in part by the History Channel, his input is infinitely more valuable considering the sterile TV special this might have been. His knack for compelling autobiography proves one of the most intriguing aspects of the film, and rather than work around his crew and equipment, Herzog mines drama from their creative difficulties. The team was permitted inside for just a few brief hours per day, and restricted to two foot wide metal walkways once there. The many precautions and restrictions protect the integrity of the cave floor, and the still fresh footprints and animal remains that have survived there for so long.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams isn't Herzog's best work by any stretch of the imagination, but at almost 70, it's amazing he's still up for the Indiana Jones routine. From the Peruvian rainforest in his youth to Antarctica and now some light spelunking, Herzog is one of the most traveled filmmakers alive. That he can still churn out progressive, stimulating entertainment is a rarity among artists his age.

And as obtuse as it may be, Herzog's ideology is invaluable. Through his eyes, Chauvet cave is a wonder to behold; he captures the transcendent beauty of the paintings and ruminates on the lives of their anonymous creators. Though sometimes he overstates his own eccentricity, the through line of art as an essential human quality circumvents his digressions. Our ability to appreciate the creative output of a society millennia removed from our own is a powerful concept. Here's hoping folks from the year 34,000 appreciate Herzog as much as we do.

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