Archive of films The Pervert's Guide to Ideology / The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

United Kingdom / Ireland
2012, 134 min

Section: Documentary Films - Out of Competition
Year: 2013

After the success of The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, Slavoj Žižek, the Slovene philosopher blessed with unbridled intellect and a pointed sense of humor, returns in this no-less entertaining cinematic tidal wave. This time around he submits not only famous specimens of world film to his trenchant analysis, but also commercials, propaganda clips, and musical compositions.


After six years, Slovenia’s philosopher pop star Slavoj Žižek has reunited with director Sophie Fiennes. While in The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema they concentrated on movies as a means of externalizing hidden human desires, this time around the duo search for an ideological subtext in the wide-ranging spectrum of present-day cultural consumables. Film is a substantial element of Žižek’s exceedingly entertaining lecture – he uncovers hidden meaning in mega-works such as A Clockwork Orange and Titanic, as well as in movies that have slipped the public’s mind. But because in life we are constantly forced to contend with ideological content, the feature film extracts included here alternate with commercials, propaganda clips, and snippets of music. Drawing on neo-Marxism and psychoanalysis as his go-to analytical instruments, Žižek rounds out the individual examples with humorous remarks and original reflections, which he submits to us using the given samples as illustrations. The result is a cinematic tidal wave brimming with unbridled intellect and bracing humor.

About the director

Sophie Fiennes (b. 1967, Ipswich, UK), documentarist and producer, is a member of the Fiennes artistic clan (brothers Joseph and Ralph are famous actors, sister Martha is a director, brother Magnus is a composer of film music). She worked on one of Peter Greenaway’s films as a 19-year-old crewmember. She then embarked on her own creative career, shooting the 1998 documentary Lars 1-10 with Lars von Trier about the tenets of the Dogme 95 movement. In 2006 she thrilled the cinephile public with The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, in which Slavoj Žižek psychoanalyzes iconic works of world film. Another resounding success came with Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (2010), included in the program at Cannes.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Documentary Films - Out of Competition
Director: Sophie Fiennes
Screenplay: Slavoj Žižek
Dir. of Photography: Remko Schnorr
Music: Magnus Fiennes
Editor: Ethel Shepherd
Producer: James Wilson, Martin Rosenbaum, Katie Holly, Sophie Fiennes
Production: P Guide Production Limited, Blinder Films
Cast: Slavoj Žižek
Contact: Film Europe s.r.o., Doc & Film International
Distributor: Film Europe s.r.o.


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