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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
Zizek has a lot to say about the meaning of life, or to put it a bit more psychologically the meanings of our lives, and why and how we might entrust others (or what he oddly calls... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Avery
Intellectual snobbery. An anti-ideological ideology that provides little wisdom but loads of gibberish.Published 1 month ago by Jackson Pinney
Zizek is never at a loss for something to say, but the problem is he doesn't really say anything. Fancy words and droning theories try to hide what's really going on with Zizek:... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bill
I rented this after hearing my favorite podcaster, comedian and social critic Duncan Trussell recommend it on one of his podcasts. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bob Kaiser
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 morePublished 13 months ago by Damian D. Aranda