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The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2013)

Slavoj Zizek , Sophie Fiennes  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Slavoj Zizek
  • Directors: Sophie Fiennes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Enhanced, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Zeitgeist Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2014
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GX33J7E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,234 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Zizek 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, Zizek literally goes inside some truly epochal movies 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 Zizek's stimulating, provocative and often hilarious psychoanalytic-cinematic rant.

DVD Special Features:

- HD transfer, enhanced for widescreen viewing

- Q&A with Slavoj Zizek and Sophie Fiennes

- U.S. theatrical trailer

- Optional subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH)

The World's Most Unlikely Movie Star!
-The New York Times

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

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About as fun as critical theory gets! March 14, 2014
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This is not to say Zizek provides a clear or easy message, and to my lay understanding he appears to jump around quite a bit without and easy roadmap. Strangely this neither interfered with my simple enjoyment of his amusing subjects for deep analysis, his perhaps unintentional sense of comic timing, or his truly engaging constructions of the subtle cues in superficial trends of society.

No, this wasn't an epiphany of the sort you can easily explain to others. But where Zizek shines for me is in each individual example. Most of them ring true in a way that you can feel broadening your perspective on THAT particular example. And while his examples didn't really add up to a big WOW for me at the end of the film, I'm not sure critical theorists even aim for that, as their "answer" could be taken for propaganda and clutched as"truth" like any other message of propaganda.

Maybe I'm too dim to see the big picture behind critical theorists like Zizek, Benjamin, and Derrida, but I feel delightfully challenged by their efforts, one by one, and feel that this movie reminded me to look beneath the obvious message of pop culture iconography and idealism for more subtle dynamics of control and subversion.

Don't be scared off by any of this as the opening segment praises the 1988 John Carpenter movie, "THEY LIVE" for it's astute critique on consumer culture. And he's right! I can't wait to dig up this old film as it appears to be excellent social satire made palatable with a monster movie approach.

Look, if you're a PhD student this might be too remedial or lightweight for you to use for your thesis, but as a layman who seeks out new philosophical ideas to expand my perception of the world, I loved it.

I don't want the answer Zizek doesn't provide; I want new tools to peel the onion of existence back a layer or two and figure out more from there. I was not let down.

Highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rambling meditation on film and pop culture February 18, 2014
Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek and director Sophie Fiennes, who collaborated on The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, join forces once again for a rambling meditation on film and pop culture in The Pervert's Guide to Ideology.

It's a hilarious treatise on how Hollywood expresses important cultural political ideals through how characters move through plots, and the discussion is fast, funny, and furious. It is a thinking man's treatise on cinema, and what's fun is they are using populist pieces rather than underground cinema that often has its own political agenda on display. No long looks at My Dinner with Andre, rather here we have analysis of the big summer blockbusters on what they do to our state of mind, psychoanalysis, and dreams.

DVD is a great way to experience this film, especially with a booklet that provides references to the films as well as statements from the director and production notes. Also included as an extra feature is a half-hour discussion with Sophie and Slavoj at a museum screening, which serves to explain the genesis of the project as well as provide more rants and raves. The visual presentation from HD elements is fine, although often the quality is dependent on the age of a film they are talking about. This is a talking-head-interspersed-with-clips kind of affair. Sound is a simple English stereo with subtitles for those who are hard of hearing or have difficulty following the stream-of-thought Slovenian shouting off the screen at them. The DVD is a great presentation, and even a step-up from the museum screenings that most people attended to first see this movie.

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology is a smart and playful ride that explores cinema and culture through unlikely avenues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Windbag Gasbag Humbuggery At Its Finest June 6, 2014
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The Nutty Lying Professor and His Cloak of Invisibility:

"Try to find . . . some principles from which you can deduce conclusions that yield empirically testable propositions where . . . you can explain how it goes to a five-year old. See if you can find that when the fancy words are decoded. I can't. So I'm not interested in that kind of posturing. Zizek is an extreme example of this. I don't see anything in what he's saying."

-- Noam Chomsky

Slavoj Zizek shows himself through the film as an apologist for Jewish Supremacism and Zionism. (This fact is the only thing that's clear throughout the film.) He makes hash of all ideologies, talking about them as if they're all interchangeable and all equally deceptive, but quotes Communist Sartre and Jewish Walter Benjamin more than once throughout the film without criticism. Ever wonder why? (Answer: Zizek is Communist.)

All wrongdoing is because of ideology, Zizek says. Communism and Capitalism both have their ugly, evil underbellies, while both embrace Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Well, Zizek never takes National Socialism seriously, and he never addresses any legitimate form of Nationalism. This is called a pervert's guide because that's what Slavoj Zizek is in his philosophical vantage. His subjective view of reality is perverted, i.e., distorted. He has to lie. He cannot tell the truth. There is an ideology he cannot transcend or even speak about.

Some guy might think the discussion of how ideology affects their lives from an atheistic viewpoint is a worthwhile one. For those who have never examined ideologies at all, I think this film might instruct, although it's deliberately obscure at points, and never true, finally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
must see!
Published 1 month ago by Nan Twain
2.0 out of 5 stars I didn't get it because, I guess, my brain is just not big enough
I rented this after hearing my favorite podcaster, comedian and social critic Duncan Trussell recommend it on one of his podcasts. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bob Kaiser
5.0 out of 5 stars Self abuse, re-administer cutting open old wounds on yourself, or...
Nice examination of all topics included in this film. I like how Slavoj uses metaphors that are visual at times. In my condition, his metaphors are easy to retain. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Damian D. Aranda
5.0 out of 5 stars ... just to get is all in and I couldwatch it again
Watched it 4 times just to get is all in and I could watch it again!
Published 3 months ago by Carrie A Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant introduction to the theory of ideology
The Pervert's Guide is a brilliant introduction into what ideology is all about. Ideology does not corrupt the mind into a state of false consciousness but is the condition of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by German Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars closed captioning is a great idea, as Zizek's accent and pacing
This is a fascinating and transformational look into ideology through the prism of popular culture. You don't have to agree with the arguments, and I often didn't, in order to find... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Charlie
3.0 out of 5 stars Example: Titanic
Spoiler alert. An example of ideology Zizek refers too is how when Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) cannot climb on the raft with Rose (Kate Winslet) in the 1997 movie Titanic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cuvtixo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but too long
The concepts that shows the documentary are great but next time I would watch it taking notes! Enjoy Zizek's ideas!
Published 4 months ago by Pedro Reyes
2.0 out of 5 stars brain drain
This film may have good intentions but I found a third of the way through I was exhausted.
Very heady stuff, very funny at times.
Published 4 months ago by sas
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm too stupid for this.
OMG this guy is saying complicated things with a thick accent. Hard to follow his meta analysis of whatever he is talking about.
Published 5 months ago by Debbie Bayer
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