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Cave of forgotten dreams [videorecording] / Sundance Selects ; History Films presents a Creative Differences production ; a film by Werner Herzog ; written and directed by Werner Herzog ; produced by Erik Nelson and Adrienne Ciuffo ; produced in partnership with the French Ministry of Culture, Communication [and the] Department of Cultural Heritage.

Herzog, Werner, 1942- (director,, screenwriter,, narrator.). Nelson, Erik, 1955- (producer.). Ciuffo, Adrienne, (producer.). Zeitlinger, Peter, (director of photography.). Bini, Joe, (editor of moving image work.). Hawke, Maya, (editor of moving image work.). Reijseger, Ernst, (composer (expression)). Harding, Dave, (producer.). Hobbs, Julian P., (producer.). McKillop, David H., (producer.). Thompson, Molly, (producer.). Sundance Selects (Firm), (production company.). IFC Films, (production company.). Creative Differences Productions, (production company.). History Films, (production company.). France. Ministère de la culture et de la communication, (production company.). Inventaire général du patrimoine culturel (France), (production company.). MPI Media Group, (film distributor.).

Available copies

  • 14 of 15 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Fontana Regional Library.


  • 1 current hold with 15 total copies.

Current holds

1 current hold with 15 total copies.

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Macon County Public Library DVD 709.01 C (Text) 39493108066335 Adult DVD Nonfiction Available -
Marianna Black Library DVD 709.01 C (Text) 39493109005225 Adult DVD Nonfiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780788614156
  • ISBN: 0788614150
  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Widescreen version.
  • Publisher: [Los Angeles, CA] : Creative Differences Productions, Inc. ; ©2011.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2010.
Special features include: Ode to the dawn of man (39 min.); Trailer [for the film] (2 min.); Previews (9 min.).
Formatted Contents Note:
Credits/In the Ardeche -- First exploration -- Long forgotten dreams -- Pont d'Arc -- Crooked finger -- Audible images -- Awakening of the modern soul -- Underground chambers -- Hunting and the mystery of the Minotaur -- Homo spiritualis -- Visions, voice, and humanness -- Post script/End credits.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Director of photography, Peter Zeitlinger ; editors, Joe Bini, Maya Hawke ; music, Ernst Reijseger ; executive producers, Dave Harding, Julian P. Hobbs, David McKillop, Molly Thompson.
Participant or Performer Note:
Narrated by Werner Herzog.
Summary, etc.:
Overcoming considerable technical challenges, iconic director Werner Herzog takes viewers into the interior of Chauvet Cave in southern France where the world's oldest cave paintings--hundreds in number--were discovered in 1994. These 32,000-year-old artworks--pristine and astonishingly realistic drawings of horses, cattle, and lions--come alive in the torchlight, as Herzog muses on this extraordinary place, the nature and purpose of Paleolithic art, and its creators. For Herzog, these paintings present perhaps the earliest manifestation of our primal desire to communicate and represent the world around us, which leads him to wider metaphysical contemplations on evolution and our place within it, and ultimately on what it means to be human.
Target Audience Note:
MPAA rating: Rated G.
System Details Note:
DVD; region 1, NTSC; 5.1 Dolby digital surround; anamorphic widescreen presentation preserving the 1.78:1 aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition, enhanced for widescreen televisions.
Language Note:
In English with optional subtitles in English SDH (subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing) or Spanish.
Subject: Chauvet Cave (France)
Cave paintings > France > Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
Art, Prehistoric > France > Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
Genre: Feature films > Canada.
Feature films > United States.
Feature films > France.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Feature films.

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