The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2013)
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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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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.
Noam Chomsky has denounced Zizek's theories as nonsensical, and of course they are. But they're frequently engaging, entertaining and stimulating.
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.
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.
It's exhilarating, even exhausting stuff, though Fiennes lightens the weight of iek's dense discourse with a welcome scattering of sight gags.
One leaves The Pervert's Guide to Ideology with a lingering sense that this is how academic essay films should be done in the 21st century.
Though its ideas are indeed heady and high-flown, they are presented in a way that's consistently engaging and accessible.
Way too long but interesting as a lecture on film. For insights into Marxism, look elsewhere.
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.
Slavoj iek manages to explain some of Lacanian psychoanalysis's most inscrutable notions with disarming clarity and infectious urgency.
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.
Pay proper attention and it becomes clear that, for all the oddness of his delivery, Zizek makes a great deal of sense.
iek's flights of fancy are sometimes brilliant and sometimes implausible, but they are always airborne to some degree.
Slavoj iek returns to play yet more intellectual hopscotch with classic movies.
Slavoj Zizek psychoanalyses cinema and society in this engaging, interesting and spirited documentary.
There are those who find iek a delight; but well before the two-hour mark, one feels he has delighted us long enough.
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.
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