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The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2013)

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Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj iek 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, iek 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

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Slavoj Zizek

Feb 17, 2014

$66.2k

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (2)

Who says intellectual head-trips don't deserve sequels?

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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He speaks the truth much of the time, yet all the whipping back of the curtain ends up covering up other realities about movies and life.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Noam Chomsky has denounced Zizek's theories as nonsensical, and of course they are. But they're frequently engaging, entertaining and stimulating.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Though [Zizek's] lecture exceeds two hours, he and director Sophie Fiennes incorporate enough deadpan comedy and clips from famous films to sustain the rhetoric.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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In essence, the film is a lecture, but Zizek's associative thinking and understanding of the applicability of psychoanalysis makes it a lecture like no other.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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It's exhilarating, even exhausting stuff, though Fiennes lightens the weight of iek's dense discourse with a welcome scattering of sight gags.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A cerebral treat.

February 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though its ideas are indeed heady and high-flown, they are presented in a way that's consistently engaging and accessible.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

Way too long but interesting as a lecture on film. For insights into Marxism, look elsewhere.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Zizek doesn't build a cohesive argument;...he just pivots from point to point as though he were reading notes for a paper, not the paper itself.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Slavoj iek manages to explain some of Lacanian psychoanalysis's most inscrutable notions with disarming clarity and infectious urgency.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

When not dressing up in hilarious costumes, he advises audiences to become atheists via New Testament Christianity. Is he making this stuff up? I fear so.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Pay proper attention and it becomes clear that, for all the oddness of his delivery, Zizek makes a great deal of sense.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

iek's flights of fancy are sometimes brilliant and sometimes implausible, but they are always airborne to some degree.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Slavoj iek returns to play yet more intellectual hopscotch with classic movies.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Slavoj Zizek psychoanalyses cinema and society in this engaging, interesting and spirited documentary.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

There are those who find iek a delight; but well before the two-hour mark, one feels he has delighted us long enough.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

I'm not sure if the Zizek thoughts are an aid to illuminating the Zizek-chosen movies, or vice versa. But it is rich fun and collectably eccentric.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Occasionally bonkers but kinda brilliant with it, there's plenty here to thrill cineastes and fanboys alike.

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The motormouthed Zizek serves up an intellectually provocative psychoanalytical dissection of Hollywood movies.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Audience Reviews for The Pervert's Guide To Ideology

Zizek's many ideas are really fascinating and always fun to watch, but once again he has trouble organizing all of them in a cohesive argument, even if now the result is less rambling than the first film due to the narrowed down focus of what he wants to say.
December 3, 2013
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Even if political philosopher extroardinaire Slavoj Zizek stopped with inserting himself into movies and lighting a blowtorch to "Titanic"(3 1/2 hours of my life I am never getting back while "A Night to Remember" has a great scene of steerage passengers running through the ship for their lives before being stopped in their tracks by the grandeur of first class) and venerating "Seconds"(1966), I would probably still give a recommendation to "The Pervert's Guide to Ideology." Thankfully, he has bigger fish to fry(more on them later), as along with showing more of an interest in musicals this time around, he also examines propaganda in movies and its danger to the real world.

It is not just from the usual suspects like the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany that he draws from but less likier places such as "They Live" starring Roddy Piper. While this is one example of a film that subverts the status quo, there are also others that support it such as "The Dark Knight" which argues that a government should lie to its people for their own good which can turn out very badly for all concerned like during the second Iraq War. Then, there are also examples that have been employed by both right and left, like Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy'(I usually associte this with Alex not being considered a complete waste in "A Clockwork Orange") and the shark in "Jaws." In this later case, I have always thought the shark was just minding its own business while most of the analogies that I am familiar with concern the human authorities' response.
November 10, 2013
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