20 Versions of “The Cave:” A Video Roundup

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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave (which we didn’t get around to spelling out on our Plato’s Republic episode) has been given scads of video treatments, both professional and amateur. Here are some I found on YouTube before getting too irritated to look at any more:

Easily the best of this bunch, here’s Orson Welles narrating over creepy animations, going on at some length to give probably the clearest depiction of the story:

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I kind of like this claymation one with a maybe-South African narrator:

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This student project (I guess) with computer-generated voices and bad flash animations was the only one of the bunch that actually made me laugh.

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Here’s a short, creepy one, with little clips from various movies:

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Here’s one that’s essentially audio-only from Learn Out Loud. Just someone reading Plato’s text over one pretty nice diagram:

This is the Three-Minute Philosophy version, not limited to the Cave, though that is quickly described starting at 1:15:

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Here’s “Plato’s Cave: the Motion Picture,” an irksome, high schooler production that starts off with about two minutes of a dude climbing rocks over loud music:

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Here’s a British story time version, mostly free of visuals:

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This one really wants to be trippy:

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Tired of hearing about The Cave? Try this silent movie version:

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Here’s a version with bad singing and no apparent connection to the allegory of the cave:

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Better music on this class project one: with some nice charcoal cartoon sketches:

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Here’s an overwrought PowerPointy version that expels gothic fonts at a rapid pace:

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This one gets the prize for worst narrator:

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Someone trying to do the Cave as a fake Monty Python sketch? Oy. (No, I did not watch parts 2 and 3):

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Here’s the wacky sound effects version, with legos!

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A stop motion one, with more toys (Spider-Man is trapped in the cave, I guess); pretty abstract:

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Here’s an Xtranormal movie maker discussion.

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Here’s a longish British version with minimal visuals:

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This may be the crappiest of the bunch: another music video, for a pretty terrible song, which at least has lyrics sort of about The Cave:

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-Mark Linsenmayer