Sophie Fiennes, UK 2013. Only 136 minutes.
Philosopher Slavoj Žižek and filmmaker Sophie Fiennes use their interpretation of moving pictures to present a compelling cinematic journey theheart of ideology – the dreams that shape our collective beliefs and behaviour. In this sequel to The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, Žižek delves into how ideology embeds itself into the movies we love, and proposes that political and commercial regimes regard us as ‘subjects of pleasure’, controlling us by offering us enjoyment.
This film essay is thrillingly clever and illustrated with clips (and recreations) of movies including Sound of Music, Taxi Driver and Brief Encounter.
“Intellectual rock star Slavoj Žižek dishes out another action-packed lesson in film history and Marxist dialectics… a riveting and often hilarious demonstration of the Slovenian philosopher’s uncanny ability to turn movies inside out and accepted notions on their head.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“Zizek’s monologue is every bit as seductive as the myths he takes apart. Pay attention, and you’ll be able to dissect Zizek, too.” INDIE WIRE
“Slavoj Žižek, the most media-savvy philosopher of the past decade, is also a great film buff with a surprising list of favourites. Alongside the ‘revealing’ analyses of film scenes, Žižek also scrutinises Coca Cola, the Kinder Eggs, Starbucks and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy” ROTTERDAM FILM FESTIVAL
Where: Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, New Cross SE14 6TY
When: 7.30pm Wednesday 6 November 2013
Tickets: £5 (£3 members) on the door