Filmosophy Philosophy Thinking though Film

Plato’s Cave and the Cinema

In his Cave Allegory (Republic, c.360 BCE), Plato presents a strikingly visual account of the distinction between knowledge and belief and, in doing so, provides us with what may be considered the earliest picture-house.


Bertolucci’s Cave: a Platonic reading of The Conformist

Halfway through Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist (Il Conformista 1970) the protagonist, Marcello Clerici, visits the Parisian home of his former teacher, Professor Quadri. After entering his study, Clerici recounts Quadri’s lectures on Plato’s allegory of the Cave. This video-essay examines Bertolucci’s use of Plato’s cave imagery throughout the film.

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Morality and Blindness in Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors

Why should we act morally? Why should we ‘do the right thing’ if we could do the wrong thing and get away with it? Imagine a situation where you find yourself able to get something that you desperately desire, provided you lie, steal, or perhaps even murder. Would you do it? Why? Why not? Is the only reason we ever act in accordance with justice due to our fear of being caught and punished? These are some of the questions addressed in Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors.