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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

In 1994, one of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries of the decade came to light in a cave in Southern France, known as the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc: etchings estimated at around 30,000 years old. The date of origin made these some of the oldest remnants of humankind ever discovered. Unsurprisingly, these artistic remnants bore a precious fragility -- experts asserted that overexposure, even to elements as seemingly harmless as human breath, could severely damage or destroy the drawings. For that reason, few obtained access to this area. One exception arrived in the form of maverick German filmmaker Werner Herzog, who not only obtained permission to film (with lights that emit no heat) but did so in 3D -- a process that enabled him to convey the textured surfaces on which the figures are drawn, as well as the shape and depth of the cave's stalagmites and other structures. This astonishing 3D documentary not only provides exquisite visual detail of the cave (as Herzog explores it) but uses the visuals as a springboard to broader philosophical questions about the nature of humanity itself and the transience of humankind.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/29/2011
UPC: 0030306979298
Original Release: 2010
Rating: G
Source: Ifc Independent Film
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 10,878

Special Features

'Ode To The Dawn Of Man' - Short Film by Werner Herzog; ; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Werner Herzog Narrator
Dominique Baffier Participant
Jean Clottes Participant
Jean-Michel Geneste Participant
Carole Fritz Participant
Gilles Tosello Participant
Michel Philippe Participant
Julien Monney Participant
Wulf Hein Participant
Nicholas Conard Participant
Maria Malina Participant
Maurice Maurin Participant

Technical Credits
Werner Herzog Director,Screenwriter
Joe Bini Editor
Amy Briamonte Co-producer
Adrienne Ciuffo Producer
Phil Fairclough Co-producer
Dave Harding Executive Producer
Maya Hawke Editor
Julian P. Hobbs Executive Producer
Tabitha Jackson Executive Producer
David McKillop Executive Producer
Jack McKillop Executive Producer
Erik Nelson Executive Producer
Ernst Reijseger Score Composer
Eric Spitzer Sound/Sound Designer
Molly Thompson Executive Producer
Judith Thurman Co-producer
Peter Zeitlinger Cinematographer
Nicolas Zunino Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cave of Forgotten Dreams
1. Credits/In The Ardeche [7:00]
2. First Exploration [8:19]
3. Long Forgotten Dreams [8:13]
4. Pont D'Arc [9:00]
5. Crooked Finger [8:23]
6. Audible Images [7:19]
7. Awakening Of The Modern Soul [6:52]
8. Underground Chambers [7:22]
9. Hunting And The Mystery of the Minotaur [6:42]
10. Homo Spiritualis [:22]
11. Visions, Voice and Humaness [7:19]
12. Post Script/End Credits [10:55]

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