The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

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United Kingdom | 2012 | 134 minutes | Sophie Fiennes

November 22 - 24, 2013

Sly philosophical provocateur Slavoj Žižek, host of the 2006 classic The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, returns with a philosophy course loaded with classic film clips.

What are the fascist political dimensions of Jaws? Does The Dark Knight elevate a lie into a general social principle? And, wait, is that our host dressed in a nun's habit and discussing the hidden Catholic teachings in The Sound of Music?

Director Sophie Fiennes once again joins forces with Žižek, a.k.a. "the Elvis of cultural theory", whose infectious zeal and a voracious appetite for popular culture literally takes us "inside" the movies to explore the crossroads of cinema and philosophy.

In addition to exploring films like Taxi Driver, Zabriskie Point, The Searchers, West Side Story, Titanic, and John Carpenter’s They Live (“one of the forgotten masterpieces of the Hollywood Left”), the philosopher also looks at Kinder Eggs, verité news footage, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”, and propaganda epics from Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. Together, this pop-culture mélange informs Žižek’s stimulating, provocative and often hilarious psychoanalytic-cinematic rant, producing a new understanding of how our world is structured.

  • Director: Sophie Fiennes
  • Principal Cast: Slavoj Zizek
  • Country: United Kingdom, Ireland
  • Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 134 minutes
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Zeitgeist Films