Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Žižek 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, Žižek 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 Žižek’s stimulating, provocative and often hilarious psychoanalytic-cinematic rant. Director Fiennes stops by to talk with us about her second film with one of the world’s most provocative intellectuals.
“Intellectual rock star Slavoj Zizek dishes out another action-packed lesson in film history and Marxist dialectics with The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, a riveting and often hilarious demonstration of the Slovenian philosopher’s uncanny ability to turn movies inside out and accepted notions on their head.”
– Jordan Mintzer, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“Irresistible…. Outlaw philosopher Slavoj Zizek…makes a terrifically entertaining host.” – Steve Dollar, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“Playful and stimulating…. This is film criticism as stand-up comedy or performance art: Zizek plays up to the camera but that doesn’t diminish his wit or his insights.” – Geoffrey Macnab, THE INDEPENDENT
“FOUR STARS! CRITICS’ PICK. EXHILARATING! Though Zizek is a man to be taken seriously, he’s not averse to donning a nun’s habit—and for that we love him.” – Guy Lodge, TIME OUT NEW YORK
“I urge you to rush to theaters to experience this amazingly intelligent, fun and funny piece of work.” – James van Maanen, TRUST MOVIES