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MOVIE REVIEW: Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Werner Herzog takes us into caves in France

  • (L-R) Wulf Hein and Werner Herzog in "Cave of Forgotten Dreams."
  • A scene from "Cave of Forgotten Dreams."
  • (L-R) Nicholas Conard and Werner Herzog in "Cave of Forgotten Dreams."
  • A scene from "Cave of Forgotten Dreams."
  • (L-R) Wulf Hein and Werner Herzog in "Cave of Forgotten Dreams."
  • A scene from "Cave of Forgotten Dreams."
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Werner Herzog does such interesting stuff, so I always want to like his movies. He got a good performance out of Nicolas Cage in Bad Lieutenant, and filmed My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done in San Diego. It had moments of brilliance. He gave us Rescue Dawn, Grizzly Man, The White Diamond, and a lot of interesting films, and wrote, directed, produced, and narrated the documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams. And, with Cave of Forgotten Dreams he did something most filmmakers haven’t; 3D that actually added something other than just a few bucks to your ticket price.

I've wanted to go to the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. In this movie, Herzog takes us to the South of France, where in 1994 cave drawings were found that date back 32,000 years - the oldest ever.

This cave isn’t open for tourists. It’s locked up, the temperature is kept at a certain level, and they’ve designed things to walk on. They want it preserved, and only scientists (and Herzog), are allowed in. I’m guessing a documentary on the work scientists did to this cave would’ve been as interesting as the paintings on the cave walls we got to see.

I really enjoyed the interesting musical score that accompanied the film. I just felt the movie was a lot longer than necessary. I went from being extremely fascinated, to being a little bored. The movie could’ve easily been done in 60 minutes.

I’m giving it a C+.