Orson Welles Narrates Animation of Plato’s Cave Allegory

In 1973, Orson Welles narrated this animated short, which features somewhat surreal artwork by Dick Oden. You can see more of Oden’s work here.

The Allegory of the Cave illustrates Plato’s view of knowledge as presented in Book VII of The Republic: in ordinary experience, we see only shadows of the true world, which we can only behold by pursuing rigorous philosophical analysis.

This is not the only time “The Cave” has been set to film in some form. Open Culture readers may recall this brilliant version done with claymation. Gluttons for punishment may wish to peruse this collection of 20 YouTube versions at PartiallyExaminedLife.com, many of them frightfully amateurish and some of them presenting a warped and/or incomprehensible version of the story.

Related Content:

Freedom River: A Parable Told by Orson Welles

Orson Welles Reads Moby Dick

Free Philosophy Courses

Mark Linsenmayer runs the Partially Examined Life philosophy podcast and blog, which recently released an episode discussing Plato’s Republic.


by | Permalink | Comments (2) |

Comments (2)
You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.
  1. Amy L. says . . . | October 27, 2011 / 12:58 pm

    I am curious if you have any more information of this video. Maybe who produced it? I am trying to find out rights for a film.

  2. steven wolf says . . . | June 17, 2014 / 6:43 pm

    I am researching the work of Dick Oden, a southern california based illustrator. I can’t open the link to see more work by the dick oden who animated this video. Can you share the url with me. And are you sure you have the right Dick Oden?
    Best,
    Steven

Add a comment

Quantcast