The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

DVD - 2013
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Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Zizek 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, Zizek literally goes inside some truly epochal movies, all the better to explore and expose how they reinforce prevailing ideologies. As the ideology that undergirds our cinematic fantasies is revealed, striking associations emerge.
Publisher: [New York] : Zeitgeist Films, 2013
Branch Call Number: 140 PER
Characteristics: 1 dvd (136 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 12 cm
Additional Contributors: Fiennes, Sophie
Žižek, Slavoj

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AmyEighttrack
Aug 17, 2016

Oh, gee... What can I say? Watch this movie - over and over again - until you understand what the man is trying to say. That's what I did. I got a lot out of it - not the least of which was a good idea about what ideology is and how it operates on us. One of my favorite 'revelations' was how Hitler and the Nazis used the vilification of Jews to explain away the complications of industrialization. This and "Woman In Gold" would be on my short list of movies that bigots should have to sit through.

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JoeCanadian1
Jul 22, 2016

I'll agree with other posters that there is a language barrier in understanding what Zizek says. He has a very thick accent and with his rapid way of speaking by the time you understand what he's saying you're two sentences behind. Moreover, the flow of ideas is so rapid that by the time you wrap your head about one section he has already launched into the next.

However, the ideas presented in this film are very interesting. I had to watch the film twice to fully understand and absorb what was said, but the second viewing was just as enjoyable as the first. The sets are all very well designed and he uses clips from classic films that you've probably seen, or should see after viewing this movie.

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StopHarperNow
Jun 18, 2015

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology is a thought-provoking film but it is unwatchable for viewers who do not have the patience to put up with Slavoj Zizek's heavy accent. The film maker would have been well advised to have him speak in native Slovenian language and give the viewers the option of subtitles or dubbed versions of this enlightening documentary. Three stars only because of the language issue - otherwise four.

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22950011069879
Dec 05, 2014

Yes the film is interesting and the intention to convey how ideologies were exploited throughout History is quite honorable. However, his own private agenda is not called for. I did find the dialogue to be arduous and laborious whenever he was striving to translate his Slovene into coherent English. Translating word for word is always a slippery slope.

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LARRY_M
Nov 15, 2014

Quite interesting. Even if you don't agree (or understand) some of what he's saying, he definitely gets you thinking.

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JDC
Jul 21, 2014

You may want to watch it twice; it is easy to miss some points the first time around. He covers a lot of ground - maybe too much ... I think I would have liked a bit more fleshing out of some of the ideas and maybe hear from some others as well. The film clips that spoke to the ideas were great.

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VcrRocker
Jul 04, 2014

When I make notes off a film....this should be shown in every high school class across the country - twice!!

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sawyerjo
Mar 24, 2014

This film was great. The idea flows from Slavoj like a waterfall. The movie is for those people that enjoy learning about the human condition and may even change your outlook on how you view the world.

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