Cave of Forgotten Dreams
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Cave of Forgotten Dreams follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. It's an unforgettable cinematic experience that provides a unique glimpse of the pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago - almost twice as old as any previous discovery. -- (c) IFC Films

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is our tour guide that makes Cave of Forgotten Dreams an often thrilling experience."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"This is something more than a movie; it's a testament - and re-creation - of rapture."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Why shoot a documentary about cave paintings in 3D? Is Werner Herzog crazy? The answer to the second question has always been, "quite possibly," but the answer to the first becomes apparent the first time he trains his camera on the cave walls."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"Another lovely stanza in the epic poem of humanity that Herzog has been writing for half a century."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Confirmation, if any was needed, that culture and civilization existed 25,000 years ago and that we have gone downhill since the introduction of private property."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"The overall effect, aided by Ernst Reijseger's score of rising choral harmonies and lush strings, is rapturous."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Art history lessons don't get much better: "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" presents the world's oldest paintings captured by one of film's great visionaries."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Even those who have found Herzog's work lacking in the past will have a hard time writing off Cave of Forgotten Dreams. It's a superb film."
‑ Blake Griffin, We Got This Covered
"Es indudable la capacidad del director por intentar, a través de la cámara, lo mismo que intentaron aquellos hombres y mujeres del Paleolítico unos 30.000 años atrás: comunicarse, expresar sentimientos y emociones, crear belleza."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"These images of what the world was increase my sense of awe at what the world is."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"To call "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" a great movie isn't just an understatement, it's a wildly inaccurate way to describe an experience that, in its immersive sensory pleasures and climactic journey of discovery, more closely resembles an ecstatic trance."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"What we get from this film: a specific and personal sense that 32,000-year-old artists, with all their ideas and passions, were not, fundamentally, that different from us."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Fascinating artworks by early man, sure, but they're let down by Herzog's long, rambling soliloquies about the history of homosapiens, albino crocodiles, and Baywatch... These sequences would have been right at home in a 45-minute IMAX film."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"... captures the space, the texture, the quality of color of these ghost-like paintings, like shadows of the past captured on the cave walls."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Werner Herzog's exploration of the miraculous Chauvel Cave comes with it evidence that human kind is indeed wired to believe in the hypnotic and poignant Cave of Forgotten Dreams."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
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