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PERVERT S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY, The

Ireland / UK, 2012 (MIFF 2013, Documentaries)

Director: Sophie Fiennes

"Slavoj Žižek dishes out another action-packed lesson in film history ... a riveting and often hilarious demonstration of the Slovenian philosopher's uncanny ability to turn movies inside out." - Hollywood Reporter

He may be the best-known theorist on the planet, an intellectual rock star whose controversial takes on pop culture have done more than any other to bring film and TV into the academic mainstream But in The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, the audacious new offering from documentarian Sophie Fiennes (The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, MIFF 2006), Slavoj Žižek brings his considerable intellect and wit to bear on a very specific question: how to explain the way we think using nothing but the films we make.

Aiming to decrypt the mechanics of obedience, this is expansive, surprising and occasionally confronting stuff: the light Žižek shines upon our cinematic darlings may not always be comforting, but it sure as hell is entertaining.

"Whether provocatively comparing the Nazi scapegoating of Jews to a movie shark or trumping up They Live as ‘one of the forgotten masterpieces of the Hollywood Left', Žižek has a way of holding even the most skeptical audience hostage; and (to cite one of this pet references) like Natalie Wood in The Searchers or Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver, we'd prefer not to be rescued." - Cinema Scope

D Sophie Fiennes P Jim Wilson, Martin Rosenbaum, Katie Holly, Sophie Fiennes S Slavoj Žižek Dist Label Distribution TD DCP/2012

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