The Pervert's Guide To Ideology
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The Pervert's Guide To Ideology
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… More
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"Who says intellectual head-trips don't deserve sequels?"
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Landon Palmer, Nonfics
"Way too long but interesting as a lecture on film. For insights into Marxism, look elsewhere."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"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."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"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."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"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."
‑ Zachary Wigon, Village Voice
"A cerebral treat."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"Pay proper attention and it becomes clear that, for all the oddness of his delivery, Zizek makes a great deal of sense."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"Noam Chomsky has denounced Zizek's theories as nonsensical, and of course they are. But they're frequently engaging, entertaining and stimulating."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"It's exhilarating, even exhausting stuff, though Fiennes lightens the weight of iek's dense discourse with a welcome scattering of sight gags."
‑ Guy Lodge, Time Out
"Though its ideas are indeed heady and high-flown, they are presented in a way that's consistently engaging and accessible."
‑ Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com
"Slavoj iek manages to explain some of Lacanian psychoanalysis's most inscrutable notions with disarming clarity and infectious urgency."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"iek's flights of fancy are sometimes brilliant and sometimes implausible, but they are always airborne to some degree."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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