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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Docu about ancient cave art is tame but aimed at adults.

Movie G 2011 95 minutes
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Herzog was the perfect person to ask to make this movie. Over the course of his career, he has continually demonstrated both a foolhardy bravery and an insatiable curiosity in his constant search for the elusive relationship between man and nature. This was the case in his early, classic films, as well as in his more recent, acclaimed documentaries.

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS is unquestionably an important document, since the cave itself is of enormous historical importance and since this film will be the only way most people will get to see inside of it. (And the drawings are hauntingly beautiful.) Yet the story's very limited structure doesn't allow Herzog to explore as much as he might like to. That said, when he does get to explore -- such as learning about primitive weapons, speaking to a scientist about his former circus career, or interviewing a perfume maker about the smells of the cave -- his personal vision shines through.

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