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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

HD   G Closed Captioning

Werner Herzog

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About the Movie

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS, a breathtaking new documentary from the incomparable Werner Herzog (ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, GRIZZLY MAN) 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. A hit at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS is an unforgettable cinematic experience that provides a unique glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago -- almost twice as old as any previous discovery.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 131
  • Fresh: 126
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The result is a journey to prehistory that's simultaneously wondrous and tedious, profound and completely nuts -- which is to say, quintessential Herzog. – Jeannette Catsoulis, NPR, Apr 29, 2011

Fresh: Herzog's voiceover is, as always, more entertaining than most film soundtracks. The film has a touch of that gray fuzz which still afflicts 3-D, but the Chauvet cave is a perfect candidate for such technology, because it stashes its secrets in a recess. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, May 9, 2011

Fresh: 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, May 5, 2011

Fresh: What we come to love about Herzog's documentary is Herzog's love itself. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, May 5, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Amazing Film by an unequaled director

To have a chance to go inside the Chauvet Cave (which only a handful of people have been allowed to do since thier discovery in 1994) is an incredible opportunity but to be brought there by the venerable Werner Herzog makes it a truely special experience. Don't miss it!


Brilliant, genius, a journey through the mind and human spirit. Herzog's film trancends art and becomes a living breathing organism. This is humanity in all its glory.

Awe inspiring

Makes you realize that those people were us. Just like us, literally. 30,000 years ago. The only thing different now is that we have technology.

My only complaint is that some of the Hertzog's philosophizing is fairly idiotic. But it's easily overlooked. What he shows us here is nothing less than a direct window into the core of what makes us human.