The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006)

The Pervert's Guide to Cinema



Critic Consensus: Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek forgoes the textbook stuff for a fun, probing look at cinema and the human emotional response to it.

Movie Info

Renowned pop philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek takes a closer look at the sexual history of films spanning the spectrum from Charlie Chaplain to David Lynch in filmmaker Sophie Fiennes' indulgent look at some of the silver screen's most sublime features. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Television
Directed By:
Written By: Slavov Zizek
In Theaters:
ICA Films

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Critic Reviews for The Pervert's Guide to Cinema

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9)

It is a fun romp through the annals of cinema by pop Slovenian philosopher and prolific writer Slavoj Zizek, who finds deep psychological meaning in a slew of movies.

Full Review… | January 16, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

The teachers we remember most fondly are often the ones who entertained as they enlightened, through hyperbole seasoned with grains of salt. Mr. Zizek belongs in that company.

January 16, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

[Zizek] steers clear of his usual dense Hegel-centric language and goes straight for the fun bits.

Full Review… | January 14, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

It sounds completely mad, but it hangs together because of the brilliant, hilarious decision to insert the garrulous philosopher into key scenes of the films he discusses.

Full Review… | January 12, 2009
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

What helps the film rise above the level of a photographed college lecture is the director's inventive and playful presentation.

May 4, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A delightful two-and-a-half-hour repast for mindful film junkies.

Full Review… | April 26, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Pervert's Guide to Cinema


Zizek's personal psychoanalytic dissection of Cinema is always fascinating and rewarding, even if clearly a one man's vision. But many times he also rambles among different ideas without being really able to organize his thoughts in a coherent, logical sequence.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Slavoj Zizek brings his study of philosophy and psychoanalysis to bear on some of the great masterworks of film, examining them for hidden and not-so-hidden symbolism. This is strictly for those who like to do more than mindlessly watch movies. This is an exercise in dissection and, sometimes, in self-projection. Zizek reminds us of the importance of context and of viewing productions from a social perspective.

It's arguable that the information presented here may not be completely accurate. Film, like any other visual media, is subject to interpretation and debate. Still, this is compelling stuff. Very educational.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


Lacaan and cinema. Only if you are totally willing to hear what Zizek has to say. If you are not one to be told what to think, and most importantly, if you are not then able to examine and filter that information according to your standards, there's nothing here for you.

Zizek centers mostly on Hitchcock, Chaplin and Lynch, and about these subjects he is quite illuminating, but it's hardly a Universal vision of cinema! However, it's a starting point and a motive to search deeper into the extensive literature available regarding psychoanalytic perspectives on films and auteurs.

Elvira B

Super Reviewer

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