And what wonderful images they are! At best, it's…well, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Teutonic cinema shaman Werner Herzog's latest documentary, which presents the most integral, holistic use of 3D in a film yet. We're left wondering—what sparked that fire of creative consciousness in our ancestors? You can also get an instant mobile notification with our iPhone- or Android app. What we are we once were. The three interviews undertaken entirely in French have no English subtitles or voice-over. Aside from a single scrawled image of a woman's legs and pubic triangle—being seemingly embraced by a bison, no less—there are no depictions of humans inside the Chauvet cave. Herzog comes in, graciously bringing us along on a guided tour of humanity's oldest art gallery.
The ticket desk counter is fitted with an induction loop. This Werner Herzog documentary introduces us to the 32,000-year-old art in the well-protected Chauvet Cave in southern France. But documentary filmmaker, Werner Herzog, has been given limited access, and now we get to go inside examining beautiful artwork created by our ancient ancestors around 32,000 years ago. But in Cave of Forgotten Dreams, the 3D presentation is absolutely essential, used to give us a nearly tangible feel for Herzog's subject matter—the rock walls of the Chauvet Cave in southern France. It's a fascinating subject with moments of undeniable beauty, but it's ultimately repetitive and overlong even at only 90 minutes. Written by I loved this movie -- I mean, I was just enchanted.
The possibility cannot be ignored that we may, in fact, be crocodiles looking back into an abyss of time, and who better than Herzog to bring it to our attention? He asks questions to various historians and scientists about what these humans would have been like and trying to build a bridge from the past to the present. Some of these paintings have been carbon dated as 32,000 years old, the oldest known man made paintings. I doubt the general public will ever be allowed to see inside these caves, so this recording is as near as I will get to approaching drawing made by humans from so long ago. This is transcendent documentary filmmaking. Director: Writer: Narrator: » Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D Blu-ray Review Lions, rhinos, and bears…oh my! Herzog and his crew were allowed to enter only for a limited time with limited gear, and from the sound of it this filmed record may be the best we'll see for quite a while. Reviewed by , November 30, 2011 Like it or not, 3D has taken over the multiplex and is increasingly making its way into home theaters. Profound, mysterious and utterly absorbing.
Using only the movement of a camera and two lights, he produces images more other-worldly and affecting than anything in Inception. A mesmerizing film that, for me, delves into what made the evolution of humanity so special and the origins of personal spirituality. I have been to the replica site and this marvelous film enriches that experience a million fold. With a skeleton crew of three and only one week, a few hours at a time to shoot inside the cave. The problem with many 3D movies is that, aside from the temporary wow-factor, the extra dimensionality doesn't really feel necessary.
The fantastic footage is the closest most viewers will ever come to experiencing the wonder of the Chauvet Cave; the wonder being the dawn of mankind. There are no words to express the magical impact of these earliest cave paintings. Description: Cave of Forgotten Dreams is actually called Chauvet cave, located in the south of France. Scrapes of charcoal reveal where torches were scratched on the wall to rekindle the embers. Horses gallop across a landscape made of bulging rock, their mouths opened in almost audible whinnies. In 1994, explorers in the south of France discovered a cave containing some of the best preserved and oldest cave paintings in the world.
I did watch the film in the theater earlier this year, and I can at least say that the 3D Blu-ray presentation accurately matches what I remember seeing, warts and all. At its worst, it's a gimmicky way to get movie watchers to plop down extra cash for a murky, dim, sometimes even nauseating experience. Though the paintings constitute one of the most significant cultural finds of all time, few will ever set eyes upon them, as even the simple act of breathing inside the cave could cause mold spores to grow and cover the walls. Aside from a single scrawled image of a woman's legs and pubic triangle—being seemingly embraced by a bison, no less—there are no depictions of humans inside the Chauvet cave. Noise is extremely heavy during the early portions of the film, as the cameras were trying to compensate for the low lighting conditions, and you'll notice some strong crosstalk in the 3D image, which can be distracting—even disorienting—during shots that have lots of hanging stalactites or swaying tree branches.
An avalanche around 20,000 years ago sealed this cave from the outside world, holding this astounding paintings inside, perfectly preserved in their original condition, locked away for the ensuing rise of modern humanity. A massive cave full of hundreds of pristine preserved cave paintings of Horses, Bears, Bison, Leopards, Hippos and many now long extinct verities of mammals. Here, the film not only loves to show off the painted walls in plastic images limited. Rhinos square off to battle, heads lowered and eyes visibly angry. Reviewed by , November 30, 2011 Like it or not, 3D has taken over the multiplex and is increasingly making its way into home theaters. The technical restrictions imposed are daunting: only three crew members including Herzog were allowed in, carrying only lightweight cameras, light panels powered from waist-worn battery packs. Who said that those people were primitive? Master documentarian Werner Herzog Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo provides the proper depth perception for a guided tour of this spectacular location.
There are a couple of steep, dropped kerbs and an incline to negotiate between the two sites. The Chauvet cave in southern France was discovered in 1994, when three cavers clambered through a tiny hole in a rock face, and were astonished at what they found. The oldest paintings in the cave are 32,000 years old, but there are others inside made up to 5,000 years later, a span nearly as long as all of recorded history. Herzog's own sonorous voice—which I could listen to for days—is also clear and balanced. Rocks or stalactites hanging from ceilings really do come into your living space. Probably best described as The Sistine Chapel of Paleolithic art, the interior of the Chauvet cave, named after one of the speleologists who discovered them in 1994, is covered with incredible, shockingly vivid ancient paintings, their miraculous preservation the result of a rockfall tens of thousands of years ago.
Oleh Dunia21 Synopsis In 1994, a group of scientists discovered a cave in Southern France perfectly preserved for over 20,000 years and containing the earliest known human paintings. I think that theme park they're planning to build nearby -- the one at which they'll recreate the cave for tourists -- probably wouldn't do much for me. Male and female lions are drawn proportionally and anatomically correct. The technical restrictions imposed are daunting: only three crew members including Herzog were allowed in, carrying only lightweight cameras, light panels powered from waist-worn battery packs. But in Cave of Forgotten Dreams, the 3D presentation is absolutely essential, used to give us a nearly tangible feel for Herzog's subject matter—the rock walls of the Chauvet Cave in southern France.
In the end he links our view of the images to an albino crocodile viewing them. Cave of Forgotten Dreams may be the best conceptual use of 3D in a film recently, but it's far from the best implementation. It makes today's cycle of up-to-the-second Twitter updates and Facebook news feeds seem completely inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. Recognising both the uniqueness of the paintings and their worrying fragility similar paintings in other caves have been affected by mould growth, the result of the moisture in human breath , the French government closed the site to anyone but a handful of experts. There are, however, poignant reminders that the cave was visited by actual individuals.