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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

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  Cave of Forgotten Dreams Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
7.75 /10
Werner Herzog,

Directed by: Werner Herzog
Written by:

Released: 2010
Origin: Canada/ US/ France/ Germany/ UK
Colour: C
Length: 90

Underground art with Werner Herzog.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams takes us inside a long-lost French cave full of Stone Age wall paintings, and very impressive they are too.

The 3D adds to the sense of experiencing the space within a cave that’s inaccessible to the general public, and to our appreciation of how the original painters used cracks and bulges in the rock to evoke the various animals they depict with extraordinary realism.

The trouble is that there aren’t that many paintings, and there’s nothing here that couldn’t be covered adequately in 40 minutes. The other 50 consist of director Werner Herzog’s spiritual musings, which are uninteresting, verbose and not terribly coherent. There’s a strikingly redundant epilogue about albino crocodiles, none of which are to be found inside the cave but do reflect Herr Herzog’s interest in, er, albino crocodiles.

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