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August’s Most-Watched
If you have even a passing interest in philosophy, you’re likely familiar with Plato’s allegory of the cave. But philosophy newbies and grizzled veterans alike will find something to savour in this 1973 animated adaptation of the parable, which is narrated by Orson Welles and treated with some seriously tripped-out visuals.
August Programmers’ Picks
Writing from a still-dormant New York, there’s something especially wistful and beautiful about Solos – an animation formed from sketches of a Barcelona square. Eschewing narrative in favour of mood, the filmmaker Gabriella Marsh builds a celebration of urban life from impressionistic visuals and a sparse piano score.
This documentary was initially released by the American Museum of Natural History in New York in 2019 to contextualise the controversial statue of Teddy Roosevelt at its entrance. In the wake of the museum’s decision this June to remove the statue, it’s an intriguing glimpse into an institution’s capacity for self-assessment and course-correction.
While we hope that every film we feature shifts your perspective in some way, Zea takes a rather direct approach. Honoured at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival for its innovative macro filmmaking, the piece renders a familiar object curious and captivating. So what is this object exactly? I daren’t ruin the explosive surprise ending for you.
Aeon Video Recommends
Stepinside the mysterious pre-Columbian city buried under modern St Louis. Sift a century of cookbooks. Glimpse the year’s best botanical photography. Marvel at the evolution of affordable, easy(ish)-to-assemble furniture at IKEA’s digital museum, featuring catalogues dating back to 1950.

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