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Slavoj Zizek in The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology.
Slavoj Zizek in The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology.

The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology: Entertaining mini-rants from a gadfly philosopher Add to ...

  • Directed by Sophie Fiennes
  • Written by Slavoj Žižek
  • Starring Slavoj Žižek
  • Classification PG
  • Year 2012
  • Country Britain, Ireland
  • Language English

This is the second documentary made by English director Sophie Fiennes (actor Ralph’s sister) with the prolific Slovenian gadfly philosopher Slavoj Žižek, who, following Karl Marx and Jacques Lacan, characterizes ideology as a comforting social fantasy and a “pervert” as someone who treats it in a counterintuitive way.

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In a series of mini-rants with observations that range from the ho-hum to the insightful, the sixtysomething Žižek, paunchy, bearded and bobbing his hands like a squirrel’s paws, rummages through what he calls the trash can of ideology.

The treasures include The Sound of Music (Climb Every Mountain as a secret Catholic licence to sin), to Jaws, Taxi Driver, Triumph of the Will and the meaning of the void in Kinder eggs. Throughout, Žižek dresses in the costumes appropriate to the movies (a lot of priests and dictators), and director Fiennes places him on movie sets, from Travis Bickle’s apartment in Taxi Driver to Hitler’s plane in Triumph of the Will, as he bounces about, like a garrulous Zelig, scratching footnotes on the history of cinema and our other excessive desires.

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