The Pervert's Guide to Ideology 2013 NR CC

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Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Žižek re-teams with director Sophie Fiennes for another wildly entertaining romp through the crossroads of cinema and philosophy.

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Slavoj Zizek
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2 hours 17 minutes

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The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

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Genres Documentary
Director Sophie Fiennes
Starring Slavoj Zizek
Studio Cinedigm
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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This is a fascinating and transformational look into ideology through the prism of popular culture.
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This film may have good intentions but I found a third of the way through I was exhausted.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Day2 on 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 By DVD Verdict on February 18, 2014
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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 By Mckathiki on May 19, 2014
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Fascinating and thought provoking analysis. Well worth viewing, especially for those of us whose eyes and minds have opened to global realities and are working hard to shed our own onion layers of ideological indoctrination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cuvtixo on June 29, 2014
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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. While floating on a piece of wooden furniture she's says, "I'll never let go, I promise"- and then ironically lets his body sink into the ocean! Zizek claims this reflects an ideology that says upper class people can exploit the creativity of lower class individuals and then dispose of them- but this ignores another, although perhaps no less disturbing, biological interpretation (a little strange given the title of "Pervert's guide")- low social status and high social status individuals should be free to choose each other as sexual partners (and possible reproductive partners) and also abandon them. Which is really the "deeper" or more resonant message? Perhaps Jack is disposable simply because he is a male, and not specifically because he is a lower-class male. ;)
Certainly the floating scene makes it a challenge to accept the "love story" on it's face. For example, why couldn't Rose and Jack take turns swimming/resting on the wooden float? Why didn't Cameron make the it big enough for both of them? Is their affair so fated for doom and disaster that one HAD to die for a satisfactory ending?
There's a lot more to be said about Zizek's analysis of Hollywood films, but this one small example should indicate whether you have an inclination to patiently listen to what Zizek has to say here. Given the choice, I would definitely get Closed Captioning. Along with a thick accent, Zizek has challenges as an orator.
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