Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: April 29, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 29, 2011
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hauntingly filmed and brimming with Herzog's infectious enthusiasm, Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a fascinating triumph.

Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

It is our tour guide that makes Cave of Forgotten Dreams an often thrilling experience.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This is something more than a movie; it's a testament - and re-creation - of rapture.

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Ben Simington

In Cave of Forgotten Dreams, he seems to return for the first time with an actual chunk of the destination, carved out to be shared generously with the rest of the world.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The overall effect, aided by Ernst Reijseger's score of rising choral harmonies and lush strings, is rapturous.

Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Sarah Marrs

I'd highly recommend Cave of Forgotten Dreams-it's interesting, informative, and it demonstrates perfectly just what a waste of time and money 3D is for every lame summer action movie that comes out.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

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.

Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian

Minor Herzog. Not until the final reel does it take flight the way his best pictures do.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Director Werner Herzog has been making some exceptionally great documentary films lately, and this foray into a long forgotten cave in France is no exception.… More
Melvin White
"Mankind's Lost Masterpiece" Cave of Forgotten Dreams is only the second Herzog documentary I have seen; the other being Encounters at the End… More
Chris Weber
It is unfortunate that the Chauvet Cave in France is nearly inaccessible, as it is home to the oldest cave drawings in the world. Fortunately, the best possible… More
danny d
this is a low score for a film i actually really enjoyed, but since i saw it i cant stop thinking about all of the questions i have that were never answered or… More
Matthew Slaven
More than "art appreciation," Cave of Forgotten Dreams aims to meditate on the possible birthplace of what makes you and I mentally unique in the… More
Dan Schultz
A rich, well organized historical study by expert documentary film-maker Werner Herzog, in which he investigates some of the most prehistoric caves recorded by… More