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Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek forgoes the textbook stuff for a fun, probing look at cinema and the human emotional response to it. Read critic reviews

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Slavoj Zizek guides the viewer through some of the greatest movies ever made, discussing the hidden language in film and telling what movies can show people about themselves. He lights up the screen with his passion, intellect and great sense of humor, delving into the work of David Lynch and prompting re-valuation of opinions about Alfred Hitchcock's films.

Cast & Crew

Kees Kasander
Co-Producer
Georg Misch
Executive Producer
Brian Eno
Original Music
Remko Schnorr
Cinematographer
Ethel Shepherd
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Ben Zuydwijk
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Critic Reviews for The Pervert's Guide to Cinema

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (3)

  • 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.

    January 16, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5
  • [Zizek] steers clear of his usual dense Hegel-centric language and goes straight for the fun bits.

    January 14, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 12, 2009 | Full Review…
  • The playful anti-academic stances of Slavoj Zizek have often seemed like sheep's clothing to obscure yet another post-Marxist, neo-Lacanian thinker.

    January 12, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • What helps the film rise above the level of a photographed college lecture is the director's inventive and playful presentation.

    May 4, 2007
  • 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.

    January 16, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5
  • [Zizek] steers clear of his usual dense Hegel-centric language and goes straight for the fun bits.

    January 14, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 12, 2009 | Full Review…
  • A good film to show to budding cinephiles? Yes, but in the end, The Pervert's Guide to Cinema falls slightly short of the monumental thesis on cinema spectatorship for which it strives.

    August 1, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Maybe the art house isn't a place for perverts anymore. Indeed, the privacy of one's own laptop seems a somewhat safer setting for Zizek's kinky act of criticism.

    August 24, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Pervert's Guide to Cinema

  • Aug 05, 2013
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2010
    A bit overanalyzed but kinda fun.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2009
    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
  • Jan 21, 2009
    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 T Super Reviewer

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