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Perverts Guide to Ideology [Import]

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Product Details

  • Format: Black & White, Enhanced, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Zeitgeist Films
  • Release Date: Feb. 18 2014
  • ASIN: B00GX33J7E

Product Description

Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Zizek re-teams with director Sophie Fiennes (The Pervert's Guide to Cinema) for another wildly entertaining romp through the crossroads of cinema and philosophy. With infectious zeal and a voracious appetite for popular culture, Zizek literally goes inside some truly epochal movies to explore and expose how they reinforce prevailing ideologies. As the ideology that undergirds our cinematic fantasies is revealed, striking associations emerge: What hidden Catholic teachings lurk at the heart of The Sound of Music? What are the fascist political dimensions of Jaws? Taxi Driver, Zabriskie Point, The Searchers, The Dark Knight, John Carpenter's They Live (one of the forgotten masterpieces of the Hollywood Left), Titanic, Kinder Eggs, verité news footage, Beethoven's Ode to Joy and propaganda epics from Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia all inform Zizek's stimulating, provocative and often hilarious psychoanalytic-cinematic rant. DVD Special Features: - HD transfer, enhanced for widescreen viewing - Q&A with Slavoj Zizek and Sophie Fiennes - U.S. theatrical trailer - Optional subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH) The World's Most Unlikely Movie Star! -The New York Times A riveting and often hilarious demonstration of the Slovenian philosopher's uncanny ability to turn movies inside out and accepted notions on their head. Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: NR (Not Rated) Studio: Zeitgeist Films DVD Release Date: February 18, 2014 Run Time: 136 minutes

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About as fun as critical theory gets! March 14 2014
By Day2 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not to say Zizek provides a clear or easy message, and to my lay understanding he appears to jump around quite a bit without and easy roadmap. Strangely this neither interfered with my simple enjoyment of his amusing subjects for deep analysis, his perhaps unintentional sense of comic timing, or his truly engaging constructions of the subtle cues in superficial trends of society.

No, this wasn't an epiphany of the sort you can easily explain to others. But where Zizek shines for me is in each individual example. Most of them ring true in a way that you can feel broadening your perspective on THAT particular example. And while his examples didn't really add up to a big WOW for me at the end of the film, I'm not sure critical theorists even aim for that, as their "answer" could be taken for propaganda and clutched as"truth" like any other message of propaganda.

Maybe I'm too dim to see the big picture behind critical theorists like Zizek, Benjamin, and Derrida, but I feel delightfully challenged by their efforts, one by one, and feel that this movie reminded me to look beneath the obvious message of pop culture iconography and idealism for more subtle dynamics of control and subversion.

Don't be scared off by any of this as the opening segment praises the 1988 John Carpenter movie, "THEY LIVE" for it's astute critique on consumer culture. And he's right! I can't wait to dig up this old film as it appears to be excellent social satire made palatable with a monster movie approach.

Look, if you're a PhD student this might be too remedial or lightweight for you to use for your thesis, but as a layman who seeks out new philosophical ideas to expand my perception of the world, I loved it.

I don't want the answer Zizek doesn't provide; I want new tools to peel the onion of existence back a layer or two and figure out more from there. I was not let down.

Highly recommended.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rambling meditation on film and pop culture Feb. 18 2014
By DVD Verdict - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek and director Sophie Fiennes, who collaborated on The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, join forces once again for a rambling meditation on film and pop culture in The Pervert's Guide to Ideology.

It's a hilarious treatise on how Hollywood expresses important cultural political ideals through how characters move through plots, and the discussion is fast, funny, and furious. It is a thinking man's treatise on cinema, and what's fun is they are using populist pieces rather than underground cinema that often has its own political agenda on display. No long looks at My Dinner with Andre, rather here we have analysis of the big summer blockbusters on what they do to our state of mind, psychoanalysis, and dreams.

DVD is a great way to experience this film, especially with a booklet that provides references to the films as well as statements from the director and production notes. Also included as an extra feature is a half-hour discussion with Sophie and Slavoj at a museum screening, which serves to explain the genesis of the project as well as provide more rants and raves. The visual presentation from HD elements is fine, although often the quality is dependent on the age of a film they are talking about. This is a talking-head-interspersed-with-clips kind of affair. Sound is a simple English stereo with subtitles for those who are hard of hearing or have difficulty following the stream-of-thought Slovenian shouting off the screen at them. The DVD is a great presentation, and even a step-up from the museum screenings that most people attended to first see this movie.

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology is a smart and playful ride that explores cinema and culture through unlikely avenues. It's a film that asks you to consider They Live as a masterpiece of ideological meditation. It is John Carpenter's statement about dictatorship through democracy and also a savvy update of Invasion of the Body Snatchers that has a firm grasp of propaganda. That's just something that is thrown out in the first three minutes of the film which runs over two hours on Slavoj's caffeine-fueled rants. He examines American life through our ultimate expression, the collective dreams we call movies.

Brett Cullum, VERDICT

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, insightful, witty May 19 2014
By Mckathiki - Published on Amazon.com
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Fascinating and thought provoking analysis. Well worth viewing, especially for those of us whose eyes and minds have opened to global realities and are working hard to shed our own onion layers of ideological indoctrination.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Example: Titanic June 29 2014
By Cuvtixo - Published on Amazon.com
Spoiler alert. An example of ideology Zizek refers too is how when Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) cannot climb on the raft with Rose (Kate Winslet) in the 1997 movie Titanic. While floating on a piece of wooden furniture she's says, "I'll never let go, I promise"- and then ironically lets his body sink into the ocean! Zizek claims this reflects an ideology that says upper class people can exploit the creativity of lower class individuals and then dispose of them- but this ignores another, although perhaps no less disturbing, biological interpretation (a little strange given the title of "Pervert's guide")- low social status and high social status individuals should be free to choose each other as sexual partners (and possible reproductive partners) and also abandon them. Which is really the "deeper" or more resonant message? Perhaps Jack is disposable simply because he is a male, and not specifically because he is a lower-class male. ;)
Certainly the floating scene makes it a challenge to accept the "love story" on it's face. For example, why couldn't Rose and Jack take turns swimming/resting on the wooden float? Why didn't Cameron make the it big enough for both of them? Is their affair so fated for doom and disaster that one HAD to die for a satisfactory ending?
There's a lot more to be said about Zizek's analysis of Hollywood films, but this one small example should indicate whether you have an inclination to patiently listen to what Zizek has to say here. Given the choice, I would definitely get Closed Captioning. Along with a thick accent, Zizek has challenges as an orator.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Nutty Lying Professor and His Cloak of Invisibility June 6 2014
By G. Charles Steiner - Published on Amazon.com
This review is for: The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

Slavoj Zizek shows himself through the film as an apologist for Jewish Supremacism and Zionism. (This fact is the only thing that's clear throughout the film.) He makes hash of all ideologies, talking about them as if they're all interchangeable and all equally deceptive, but quotes Communist Sartre and Jewish Walter Benjamin more than once throughout the film without criticism. Ever wonder why?

All wrongdoing is because of ideology, Zizek says. Communism and Capitalism both have their ugly, evil underbellies, while both embrace Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Well, Zizek never takes National Socialism seriously, and he never addresses any legitimate form of Nationalism. This is called a pervert's guide because that's what Slavoj Zizek is in his philosophical vantage. His subjective view of reality is perverted, i.e., distorted. He has to lie. He cannot tell the truth. There is an ideology he cannot transcend or even speak about.

Some guy might think the discussion of how ideology affects their lives from an atheistic viewpoint is a worthwhile one. For those who have never examined ideologies at all, I think this film might instruct, although it's deliberately obscure at points, and never true, finally. You could read the Bible, the New Testament in particular, and find a better perspective. Look up Daniel the Christian on YouTube and his ChristianRemedyInLaw to learn how Christ understood the ideology of Satan.

Some other guy might think this is not a political film. It's a psychological and philosophical film that discusses political ideology. In order to make a criticism of political values, the critic has to have his own set of political values in order to be able to talk about the evil of some political ideology. This is most certainly a political film.

Zizek falsely and lyingly asserts that there is no Big Other (which is more than just rejecting Big Other (as if that were even possible)). Strange that he makes that claim in a political film discussing political ideologies without once referring to George Orwell or his novel "1984" where evil ideologies run rampant. Nor does he discuss Big Brother (also an Orwellian concept).

Is there any difference between Big Other and Big Brother? No. Because there is only one Big Other. You can start with a look at the Israeli global surveillance network: Big Brother in the New World Order. Who do you think is running it?

"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."

-- George Orwell

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