Why? It’s ideology, stupid. After his 1,200-page Lacanese-Hegelian philosophical treatise, Žižek has returned to his other prism—popular culture. The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology
, Director Sophie Fiennes new film with Žižek, premiered at the 56th BFI London Film Festival next week to a packed cinema. As I watched the 90-minute cinematic remix of various twentieth-century films including Zabriski Point, The Sound of Music, They Live, The Titanic, Seconds, Taxi Driver
and more, Zizek in his characteristically witty style, expliained his concept of ideology.
After the success of The Pervert's Guide to Cinema
, director Sophie Fiennes and the only philosopher-turned-film-star Slavoj Žižek
return with The Pervert's Guide to Ideology
. Tonight marks the premiere of the film at the TIFF
, with both Žižek and Fiennes in attendance.
Bringing his unique style and "penetrating insights"
to popular and obscure cinema alike, Žižek is at once captivating and clownish, bringing unique knowledge and interpretation- as well as a deep love of cinema- to a host of films.
In this edition, Žižek examines film for a deeper ideological implication, both obvious and undiscovered, and questions these outcomes for our own time.
Through skillful editing, Fiennes weaves Žižek into the narrative and histories of films as diverse as Jaws, The Triumph of Will, Brazil
and The Sound of Music
Not many films can tackle capitalism, consumerism, left-wing radicalism and philosophy among other things. But ones with Žižek certainly can.The Pervert's Guide to Ideology premieres Friday September 7th at 6pm at the Toronto International Film Festival. Tickets can be purchased here.
Thanks, Rainn Wilson, I'll never again be able to look at Žižek without thinking of Zach Galifianakis.
But Žižek is funnier.
Also, Mr. Wilson: pot/kettle?