The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

Directed by Sophie Fiennes

Release Year: 2013
Running time: 136
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Subjects: Women's Studies
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Directed by: Sophie Fiennes

Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Zizek re-teams with director Sophie Fiennes (The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema) for another wildly entertaining romp through the crossroads of cinema and philosophy. With infectious zeal and a voracious appetite for popular culture, Zizek literally goes inside some truly epochal movies, all the better to explore and expose how they reinforce prevailing ideologies. As the ideology that undergirds our cinematic fantasies is revealed, striking associations emerge: What hidden Catholic teachings lurk at the heart of The Sound of Music? What are the fascist political dimensions of Jaws? Taxi Driver, Zabriskie Point, The Searchers, The Dark Knight, John Carpenter’s They Live (“one of the forgotten masterpieces of the Hollywood Left”), Titanic, Kinder Eggs, verité news footage, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and propaganda epics from Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia all inform Zizek’s stimulating, provocative and often hilarious psychoanalytic-cinematic rant.

See also ZIZEK! and EXAMINED LIFE.

Reviews

Intellectual rock star Slavoj Zizek dishes out another action-packed lesson in film history and Marxist dialectics with The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, a riveting and often hilarious demonstration of the Slovenian philosopher’s uncanny ability to turn movies inside out and accepted notions on their head.

Jordan Mintzer - The Hollywood Reporter
 

Irresistible.... Outlaw philosopher Slavoj Zizek...makes a terrifically entertaining host.

Steve Dollar - The Wall Street Journal
 

Discovers the cinematic in the philosophical.

Diego Costa - Slant
 

I urge you to rush to theaters to experience this amazingly intelligent, fun and funny piece of work.

James van Maanen - Trust Movies
 

Oddly hypnotic, even lovable... Rich fun and collectably eccentric.

Nigel Andrews - The Financial Times
 

Zizek is as entertaining as he is provocative; as playfully witty as he is chaotic.... Frequently hilarious, occasionally baffling and often gleefully wrong-headed, Zizek is an engaging guide on this whistle-stop tour of his highly distinctive brand of philosophy.

Wendy Ide - The Times (London)
 

Playful and stimulating.... This is film criticism as stand-up comedy or performance art: Zizek plays up to the camera but that doesn't diminish his wit or his insights.

Geoffrey Macnab - The Independent
 

FOUR STARS! CRITICS’ PICK. EXHILARATING! Though Zizek is a man to be taken seriously, he’s not averse to donning a nun’s habit—and for that we love him.

Guy Lodge - Time Out New York
 

Taken in the right spirit, The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology is a lot of fun, like watching a movie with a friend, then going out for drinks and talking late into the night.

Noel Murray - The Dissolve
 

Frequently engaging, entertaining and stimulating.

Kyle Smith - The New York Post
 

His analyses of culture and movies witty, insightful and usefully thought-provoking.

Godfrey Cheshire - RogerEbert.com
 

We can't think of a better form of counter-programming to any of your current multiplex options.

IndieWIRE
 

Žižek’s sense of ideology as not imposed but spontaneous, desired, perhaps necessary, and even a form of fun.

J. Hoberman - ArtForum
 

Žižek has panache in spades, no matter what you think of his theories, and Fiennes’s staging keeps the film visually interesting in a way that supports Žižek’s ideas.

Pat Padua - SpectrumCulture.com
 

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