Cave of Forgotten Dreams #MovieReview

Film 161 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 2010’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”. This Werner Herzog historical documentary is Herzog’s trip to the Chauvet Cave in Southern France that contains the oldest human-painted images yet discovered. Some of them were crafted as much as 32,000 years ago. This film could have easily been over after 25 minutes. After that, the film becomes very boring. It has it’s moments but apart from that, I became easily bored of seeing the same thing over and over again. They go into so much detail about the paintings that it all went over my head. If you are the type of person who is interested in looking at 32,000 year old paintings then watch the first 25 minutes then switch it off unless you really want to look at scientists being scientists. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 2010’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”. Now excuse me while I watch some Celebrity Deathmatch.

Film – Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Year – 2010
Director – Werner Herzog
Written by – Werner Herzog
Staring – Werner Herzog, Jean Clottes, Julien Monney
IMDb Rating – 7.3/10
My Rating – Watch the first 25 minutes
Length – 90 min (1h 30min)
Genre – Documentary, History
Their production studio is called “Creative Differences”
Welcome to the Chauvet Cave in France
Paintings of animals are all over these walls
Those are the oldest paintings in the world! 32,000 years old
Just curious, why are all the paintings animals?
Herzog tells us that he had to get permission to film the cave
Don’t you hate it when you go on a hike and wear the wrong type of shoe
Why are we filming upside down?
Everyone gets locked inside the cave
It’s nice that Herzog tells us that he’s using “unprofessional cameras” to film this
Hello Jean Clottes
As interesting as it sounds, I wouldn’t want to explore a cave
They are only allowed one hour to explore and are not allowed to touch anything or walk on the cave floor
Why are there red dots on the wall?
We can prove these paintings are real! Look at the scratches on the wall
“The panel of the horses” were all painted by a hole that gives out water
The artist painted the animals with 8 legs to make it look like its moving
“Like frames in an animated film”
What’s with the CGI dots?
Scientists had to scan the cave 127 times
That is one big cave
Julien Monney tells us about the cave
Julien tells us that he used to be in the circus before becoming interested in the cave
“I’m a scientist but I’m a human too”
Let’s listen to the sound of silence
“It’s so quiet that you can almost hear our hearts beat”
I hear the heart beats but I also hear a violin
Why is there a couple holding a picture of one of the cave drawings
This is starting to drag and I’ve only watched 22 minutes
Better film close up shots of the paintings
That can’t be a helicopter shot as it’s too smooth. I’m guessing they used a drone
Jean-Michel Geneste talks about the cave
They’ve made it look like he’s sat on the water
Jean-Michel just told us to think about life 30,000 years ago when Europe was nothing but glaciers and wooly rhinos
INTERMISSION – I’m having a Subway
And we’re back
Did I accidently put on “Swing Time”?
Bones of the cave bear are still in the cave
“Scientists have determined that humans never lived in the caves. They used them for paintings and ceremonies”
Michel Philippe talks about the bones he found in the cave
He thinks that the other bones that aren’t from bears were brought in by bears
All the scientists meet in a sports hall to chat about their work
Carole Fritz & Gilles Tosello tells us about what their work
They think the scratches came from the bears
Dominique and Valerie look at the red dots on the wall
They are all hand prints made by one person who was over 6ft tall with a crooked little finger
Those are some sparkly pillars (I don’t know they’r proper name)
That was a panther? Looks more like a leopard
These waves on the floor are signs that a cascade has happened in the past
There’s even waves on the walls
I’m bored but still interested
More rhino paintings and hand prints are seen
It’s the same hand prints from the man with the crooked finger
Torch marks are seen on the wall showing that they used fire
She does what against the male? I heard “Rub her flank”
Dominique then looks at the panel of horses – She really likes this panel
And now Dominique is boring me
Back at the lab
Jean-Michel shows us his cave sculptures
And now I’m bored
Nicholas Conard talks about the scultpure in a museum
I’ve lasted 51 minutes and now I quit

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