Cave Dreamer

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"Cave Dreamer" or "Cave Dreamer (Remix)" is the name of a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series The Other Side (series).


  • A great drought decimates a village and is followed by flood.
  • A band of raiders attacks a village and cuts off the thumbs of the villagers.
  • Joe is a dictator in a fortified underground bunker. He delivers a speech on the battlefield. Sounds of battle.
  • Eating dirt.
  • Joe claims his is on the verge of victory as his forces are decimated, taunts the enemy.
  • A siege on the city, human artillery.
  • Joe falls for Magda, a contortionist in a circus.
  • Carnival as the hopeless, besieged city indulges itself followed by a city-wide nervous breakdown.
  • A Trojan horse.
  • The dictator addresses the public and demands their allegiance to his god-like power.
  • The dictator contemplates nothingness and defeat, alternative careers.
  • A defiant address.
  • "Help me unravel this knot and find my way back to the town where I first saw you, where all this started, this thirst"
  • A sideshow of the dictator's in various poses.

Interesting Facts

A one hour remix of material from The Dictator.


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Not one of my favorites. Sound effects, dramatization. I just like it when he tells stories.


This program is entertaining, but I recommend The Dictator instead. The strange thing is that a one hour edit of this material sounds quite promising. I love The Dictator - it is among my favorite programs - but the narrative has always felt a forced and unnatural. There are at least three major elements: the dictator, the dirt eater, and the circus performer. There's no obvious reason to combine all three in a single character, and I never understood the decision to do so. Oddly enough, this program maintains all three. We just lose some detail from each, and give up some great writing such as the why not kill civilians discussion. If anything, this shorter format makes the story seem less coherent.

The Other Side

Always | Angina Dialogues, The | Anthology Of Love (Remix) | At Last | At The Border (Remix) | At The Dark End Of The Bar | At The Dark End Of The Bar (Remix) | Bad Karma | Bitter Pill | Black Hole (Remix) | Box, The | Brothers | Caged Heart | Cave Dreamer | Clement at Christmas | Don't Know Mind | Dreamland: A Compilation | Emptiness | Endings | Evening Sky | Fire and Ice | Four Part Dissonance | Future, The | Higher Learning | Holy Land | In the Dark (remix) | Insomnia | Jam | Karma (Part 1) | Karma (Part 2) | Karma (Part 3) | Karma (Part 4) | Karma (Part 5) | Karma (Part 6) | Karma (Part 7) | Karma Crash | Karma Don't Deny Me | Karma For Dollars | Karma Memories | Karma Redux | Love Is | Love Prisoner | Lover Man | Margarita | Men of the Cloth | Mercy | Mystery | Nature of Things, The | No Angel | On the Edge (remix) | Pledge Drive 2000-01-29 | Pledge Drive Rough Cuts | Pledge Drive, 2000-08-06 | Plerophory Of Pain | Predator | Prison Songs | Red Sea (a compilation) | Silent Sea | Small World Karma | Stoner | Summer Hill | Sunday Morning Service | Terminal | Two Women (Remix) | Waiting For Karma | Waiting For The Bell | What Do Women Want? | Where Will It End? | Windows | Wire, The | Woman And Bull In Paint Factory | Zen