The Pervert's Guide to Ideology Cert. 15 Picture house at FACT

  • Released2013
  • Running time136 minutes
  • DirectorSophie Fiennes
  • CastSlavoj Zizek

Starting from the provocative premise that political and commercial regimes regard us as ‘subjects of pleasure’, controlling us by offering us enjoyment, director Sophie Fiennes and charismatic philosopher Slavoj Žižek repeat the formula of their 2006 collaboration, THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO CINEMA.

The quirky, genial Žižek employs cleverly chosen clips from a huge variety of movies – including BRAZIL, M*A*S*H, THE SOUND OF MUSIC and BRIEF ENCOUNTER – to illustrate his fascinating monologue, frequently appearing on sets and in costumes which replicate scenes from the films in question. For example, dressed as a chubbier, bearded Travis Bickle, he expounds the darker subtexts of TAXI DRIVER’s plot from within the anti-hero’s grotty apartment.

This entertaining approach helps to ensure that what might otherwise have been a dense, even daunting intellectual challenge is actually an engaging and unexpected delight.

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