Nanovic Institute Film Series: Contemporary European Cinema 2014


Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Film: The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (UK)
Directed by Sophie Fiennes
136 minutes | Not Rated

Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Žižek re-teams with director Sophie Fiennes for another wildly entertaining romp through the crossroads of cinema and philosophy. With infectious zeal and a voracious appetite for popular culture, Žižek 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? These questions and many others are explored in Žižek’s stimulating, provocative and often hilarious psychoanalytic-cinematic rant.

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