The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology
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Film Info
Premiere Status:England
Year of Prod:2012
Running Time:144
Original Language:English
dir:Sophie Fiennes
prod:Martin Rosenbaum
James Wilson
Sophie Fiennes
Katie Holly
cam:Remko Schnorr
editor:Ethel Shepherd
mus:Magnus Fiennes
cast:Slavoj Žižek
source:Blinder Films
4 Hatch Street Lower
FAX: 0035316865125
Shakespeare's Prospero mused, “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.” But what if the very things we seek to escape shape our dreams? This predicament is at the center of The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, director Sophie Fiennes' second documentary collaboration with philosopher and cinéaste par excellence Slavoj Žižek. As he does in its predecessor The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006), the irrepressible Žižek addresses the audience from a series of recreated sets and shooting locations, “inhabiting” a collection of film excerpts that become the subjects of his self-described “psychoanalytic cinema-criticism.” In the crucible of this interpretive vision, key scenes from The Sound of Music, Full Metal Jacket, Brazil, The Searchers, Titanic and many others take on a strange new significance. As the ideology that undergirds our cinematic fantasies is revealed, striking associations emerge: What are the fascist political dimensions of Jaws? Is Christianity more atheist than Atheism itself? Which Platonic ideal lies at the heart of the Kinder Surprise candy egg? The answers await as the singular Žižek–raconteur, provocateur, interlocutor–reminds us that we are only as free as our dreams allow.
-Paul Meyers
Additional Information

Sophie Fiennes

Born in Suffolk, England, producer and director Sophie Fiennes began her career working on the seminal films of Peter Greenaway. A frequent chronicler of the arts, her feature documentaries include Hoover Street Revival (2002), The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006) and Over the Cities Your Grass Will Grow (2010). She is the recipient of a 2001 NESTA fellowship and a 2008 ARTE France Cinema Award.