Watch: Werner Herzog's 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams' New Full Trailer

March 16, 2011
Source: Apple

Caves of Forgotten Dreams Trailer

"Magical. It's almost like watching the reinvention of the cinematic medium." Yep, that's a quote from this trailer. IFC Films has debuted the official trailer on Apple for Werner Herzog's new documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams that he shot in 3D inside the Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. Forgotten Dreams is an "unforgettable cinematic experience" that provides a unique glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago. This just looks like one of those docs to just sit back and go "ahhhh" in amazement while watching, especially in 3D.

Watch the full theatrical trailer for Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams:

You can also watch the Cave of Forgotten Dreams trailer in High Def on Apple

Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting. Shot & released in 3D!

Cave of Forgotten Dreams is directed by acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog, of many great docs previously like Lessons of Darkness, My Best Friend, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Grizzly Man, Encounters at the End of the World. It premiered at last year's Toronto Film Festival, where it was acquired by IFC Films, who will be bringing Cave of Forgotten Dreams to limited theaters in 3D starting April 29th this spring.

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Wait... I thought humans were only 6,000 years old? "How can this be" *sigh*

Cruzer on Mar 16, 2011


Yeah I know, surely God won't allow this blasphemy!

Crapola on Mar 16, 2011


Werner Herzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....huh? oh, wha? Sorry, nodded off there, wake me when a decent director is up to something interesting. G'nite.

Voice of Reason on Mar 16, 2011


Have a nice dream.

Kaspar on Apr 21, 2011


This is not about the director. In this case it is the history of not miss it b/c of your opinion of him. This is a documentary film.his is not about the director. In this case it is the history of not miss it b/c of your opinion of him. This is a documentary film.

Cynthy on May 15, 2011


I'm an archaeology student and paintings like those found in Chauvet cave are among the reasons I became interested in archaeology. I'm a bit worried about how the theories about what the paintings mean will be portrayed in the film. I'm wondering if he's going to stick with the shamanistic and other-worldly theory of the paintings or go over all of the main theories surrounding them. Either way this film will be incredibly beautiful to watch, especially since it's almost impossible for anyone to gain access to the cave, even archaeologists. Seeing it in 3D will perhaps be the best way to experience it without being there. Hearing Herzog narrate it the whole time may drive me crazy by the end

Dan W on Mar 16, 2011



Alanm902 on Apr 8, 2011


Ah, academia can be both, enlightening and numbing. The thing is, how can it, or those down the shamanistic path, know exactly what was in those ancient minds? Academia speculates as much as anybody. Only difference is funding... 🙂

Sparhawk on Apr 22, 2011


James Cameron just came in his pants.

M.K. Nielsen on Mar 16, 2011


I'm sorry, but this trailer makes me want to take a long nap, perhaps in a cave.

Mattfilm on Mar 16, 2011


Hey dude, theres big transforming robots in that cave, and prepubescent metrosexual teenage emo vampires too! I bet you're awake now!

Landon on May 3, 2011


If you like caves, check out any of the nonfiction books by Roger Brucker, who has explored Mammoth Cave (the world's longest) in Kentucky for over 55 years. CBS News recently did a great piece on him:

FrankH on Mar 17, 2011


wow intriguing id watch this on tv but not in 3D at the cinema

A5J4DX on Mar 16, 2011


Honestly this seems like it could be great WITHOUT any commentary or these odd people making comments and acting like they are about to cry. I would totally see this in an IMAX or on discovery channel..but wow..please get rid of the people an their odd dialogue and overacting!

SophieMarceau on Mar 18, 2011


See it, then decide.

Kaspar on Apr 21, 2011


I can;t wait to see this film, and hear more from the crew that went inside and filmed. If you can't get excited about the relevance of this discovery, then possibly spongebob might get you tingling? Aren't you even a little curious about virtually passing through the same space as some dude that was there painting like a master 30000 years ago? Open up that great mind and see this for what it is. Thanks...

Fastlilpig on Apr 22, 2011


Re: Cruzer - Humans only 6,000 years old? Have you not studied or read anything about human history, settlement, Anthropology or Paleontology? Even the first humans in N. America crossed the Bering Land bridge into Alaska during the last ice age at least 15,000 years ago!! The oldest human fossils were found in Africa and are believed to be more than 4 million years old!!! The paintings in this cave have been radio-carbon dated to about 32,000 years ago. Similar paintings in other caves, also in the south of France and elsewhere, are at least 20,000 years old or older. Humans have been leaving records of the animals they hunted or saw for thousands of years, in the form of cave paintings. They are remarkable and very detailed, and in some cases, portray animals that have gone extinct. I think Cruzer should do a bit of reading on the subject..... might just find it extremely interesting and informative!

gggd on Mar 19, 2011


To gggd: okay, try to remember the 'Big Bang Theory' sitcom where Leonard had to hold up a sign that said "Sarcasm" so Sheldon would know when it hit him in the face!.

Justme2 on Apr 8, 2011


The creationist's must hate this stuff. No offense meant, but the fact is that the artwork here actually has some mineral crystals growing on it. Time to grow? Tens of thousands of years. Kind of makes you wonder doesn't it. Can't wait to see this film.

donnieP on Apr 22, 2011


I think the 3D in this is going to be all "behind" the screen, so that nothing is popping out at you, and making it look more like in you're really in the caves.

Anonymous on Mar 20, 2011


@ Dan W: On NPR's Fresh Air on 20 April 2011, Herzog commented "But we can assume that there was probably some religious ceremonies there, maybe some monastic. Although, today we should touch this term only with a pair of pliers because a new age vapid babble about pseudo-philosophy uses, abuses Shamanism. So probably something like that, but we simply do not know. We just do not know. But when you see an altar like rock and carefully placed almost like staged a fresh skull of a cave bear on it and evidence of charcoal around it as if they were fumigating it, you have, it's not illegitimate to say this probably was a staging for a religious ceremony. We do not know. And I think the newer generation of archaeologists points out we have to take it as it is. This is what we see. Whether it was religious or not we will never know."

Almost American on Apr 20, 2011


In Lacoste, France in 1997, I was studying the subject of the newly discovered Chauvet Cave paintings. In his class, poet, Gustaf Sobin, asked the question: "Why does the human being make art?". As a poet, his view was, "Art is motivated by a lose of love". When lose of love is the impetus the art becomes a "sacred object". That is, essentially, enough for me. Sobin's 'spiritual' perspective did not require that the cave paintings were religious, rather, motivated by an awe for that which could be lost at any moment. Recognizing the animal's spirit and it's physical importance was an expression of gratitude. Expressing gratitude simply feels good. As an abstract painter I belive in sacred objects. They are everywhere as archetypes, and it was easy for me to begin an extensive series of paintings based on Chauvet imagery. The paintings, as if on cave walls, soon began to depict other subjects like animals I personally knew and mythical characters like Pan and falling angels. Recently, I've brought together the Chavet animals and the abstract. These all can be seen at: where one can scroll and click to enlarge the "Ancient" and the "Recent Work" pages. Humans not only have a passion to make art but we grow spiritually when we consider why any given work of art was created. I'm looking forward to this film.

Calvin Grimm on Apr 21, 2011


The correct spelling is, of course, 'loss' of love.

Calvin Grimm on Apr 21, 2011


Thank you, Calvin.

Anonymous on Apr 24, 2011


Those paintings look fabulous!

Kaspar on Apr 21, 2011


I think those earlier cavemen were filled with awe of nature and wonder and fear of the world around them, not some imaginary world in their minds. I say those cavemen were humanists. Get Real. 

Within Reason on May 16, 2011

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