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 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 iek's stimulating, provocative and often hilarious psychoanalytic-cinematic rant.
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Critic Reviews for The Pervert's Guide To Ideology

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7)

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

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
Boston Globe
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Though its ideas are indeed heady and high-flown, they are presented in a way that's consistently engaging and accessible.

Full Review… | November 1, 2013
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 29, 2013
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for The Pervert's Guide To Ideology

While I cannot understand why Slavoj is considered a pervert, this is a fun look at different takes on film and how ideology of a society can change the meaning of how we look at iconic movies. While a tad bit of an overthinker, this is nonetheless amusing and well filmed.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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This movie is way too dense and difficult to understand to get it all in one viewing, but I will gladly watch it again.

m wells
m wells

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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