Cave of Forgotten Dreams details
|Formats:||U DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Charles Fathy, Werner Herzog|
|Genres:||Documentary, World Cinema|
|Original title||Cave of Forgotten Dreams|
|Collections:||Festival Favourites, Must Watch Docs, Top 20 Documentaries|
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
|Rental release:||17 Oct 2011|
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Not Sanctum 3D!By RedDex (18 reviews) from Hampshire , 15 Apr 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]The Cave Of Forgotten Dreams is not Sanctum 3D and I think most people realise that. I have heard of people though expecting a 3D underground action adventure and being sorely disappointed. The Cave Of Forgotten Dreams is a documentary, albeit a cinematic one. If you enjoy watching Discovery Channel then youll probably enjoy this. If you dont like documentaries then you should give this a wide berth. It is what it is.
It is a fascinating topic told in a visually spectacular manner. Some of the time scales involved are mind-boggling and the interviews with various scientists and archaeologists provide a nice context. As for the paintings themselves, some are spectacular, detailed and surprisingly realistic. There are also some bizarre moments of comedy. There are three very random inclusions: albino crocodiles; flute man; and perfume man. None of which really do much service to the overall experience except to lighten the mood of awe, which may not have been the intention.
This is probably the best I have seen 3D applied to a film. The 3D effects bring the caves contours sharply into reality and give the impression of depth that adds so much to the viewing experience.
It is an absolute must see for anybody who has any sort of interest in archaeology or anthropology and the fact is so few people are ever allowed in to the actual caves to see the paintings first hand that this is the only chance most people will ever get to see these amazing caves.
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Even better after reading some booksBy IFJ (3 reviews) , 15 Nov 2013That is a great film, but to be valued one should read some books before. I would suggest two: The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art by the archaeologist David Lewis-Williams and The Shamans of Prehistory: trance magic and the painted caves by Lewis-Williams and Jean Clottes. They may be controversial (authors and books), but insightful for a lay guy like me.
Big disappointmentBy gm51 (1 review) , 11 Apr 2013Such a disappointment. The subject matter was fascinating but could have been covered in 45 minutes. The production was pretentious on the one hand and slightly amateurish on the other.
A movie to bask in!By PaulHappy (154 reviews) , 21 Mar 2013A fascinating film. But it did get me to thinking - how do we know whether humans actually did the art? There are no human skeletal remains, only some hand prints made on the wall. A lot of the art relates to animals e. g. horses, bisons, lions, rhinos and even the extinct mammoth. There are animal foot/body prints in the ground including some bones but no human remains. So why don't we point to the animals as being the 'artist'. Of course I am being a little silly - but the point is that we know because ONLY humans can do such 'intentional' art and that it is just one of many things that separates us from the animals i. e. a lion does what a lion does and a human does what a human does - different kinds with man markedly different to the animals. I read that one of the professors involved in exploring the El Castilo cave in Spain (which they think is even older than Chauvet at about 40,000 years old) thinks that Neanderthals may have been involved there and that possibly they were not a separate species to man but just a different race - others think that it was modern man - but the point is, is that 'man' alone is able to do such things! Therefore if we recognise that the art at Chauvet was done by man as artist, then surely with all the wonder and beauty of the natural world around us, why do we not ascribe that to an artist too? Why do people continue to say that merely random natural processes made all the wonder we see! Surely we would be called mad and irrational if we were to say that the art in Chauvet was JUST natural random processes at work and not the work of an artist! Of course the artist/designer of the world may well have used/is using such processes but it does not negate the fact that such intelligence was very much needed to bring such order, mathematical precision and such amazing creativity and beauty to the world around us! This is a lovely film and really is something to linger with and enjoy and its even more wonderful to know that we are looking at something not seen for thousands of years.
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Astonishing subject matter, patchy filmBy a customer , 20 Feb 2013This is the closest view we'll ever get of these beautiful, fantastically important 30000 year old cave paintings - physical access to the caves is highly restricted. So the film is worth seeing for that reason alone. I found some aspects of the film absurd and pretentious (some of the interviews and the crocodile postscript in particular). And I also thought the music was cliched and intrusive. Despite these negatives, it was a moving and thought provoking documentary and I'm glad I watched it.
Awesome paintings.By TheDidginCrow (2 reviews) , 05 Feb 2013A beautiful documentary. Just looking at the prehistoric paintings is intense. If you are really interested in our prehistoric history this docu is a must. You can argue that the narration is good or bad but the camera work is great and gets better the longer the film goes on. I stopped the film to take in the paintings during the film. Up to 40 thousand years ago a human being painted these pictures. Just the thought is truly amazing.