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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

In this spellbinding documentary, filmmaker Werner Herzog offers an unprecedented examination of Chauvet Cave, a cavern in southern France that contains the oldest human-painted images yet to be found on Earth.
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It is our tour guide that makes Cave of Forgotten Dreams an often thrilling experience.
Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail  full review
 
The overall effect, aided by Ernst Reijseger's score of rising choral harmonies and lush strings, is rapturous.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star  full review
 
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  full review
 
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  full review
 
We're never going to be allowed in this place, so thanks, Werner, for inviting us along.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
What we come to love about Herzog's documentary is Herzog's love itself.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe  full review
 
It was the birth of the modern human soul, and cinematic explorer Werner Herzog's fantastic "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" is the delivery-room video.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
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  full review
 
Herzog is reaching for ways to comprehend what he imagines to be the emblems of the birth of the modern soul.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
 
The result is a journey to prehistory that's simultaneously wondrous and tedious, profound and completely nuts -- which is to say, quintessential Herzog.
 
Working with extremely limited lighting, Herzog not only gives a sense of the caves as a sinuous, tactile environment, but focuses on the movement suggested by the paintings.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post  full review
 
Director Werner Herzog's latest cinematic mind trip blows you away with its beauty, though not necessarily due to its exquisite use of 3-D.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News  full review
 
The unknowable or the mysteriously ambiguous in human behavior is what sets Mr. Herzog's synapses to firing with singular intensity.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal  full review
 
If you're interested in the history of the human race -- if you're a member of the human race -- you owe it to yourself to see this movie.
Dana Stevens, Slate  full review
 
The director is excellent at contextualizing these venerable wall paintings, at discussing them with a variety of scientists in a way that allows us to think about them with a perspective we otherwise might not have.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
What a gift Werner Herzog offers with "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," an inside look at the astonishing Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc - and in 3-D too.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times  full review
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