Area Premiere November 15–21!
(2012) dir Sophie Fiennes w/Slavoj Žižek [136 min; DCP]
Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Žižek 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, Žižek 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: 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, TITANIC, Kinder Eggs, verité news footage, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and propaganda epics from Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia all inform Žižek’s stimulating, provocative and often hilarious psychoanalytic-cinematic rant.
“In essence, the film is a lecture, but Žižek’s associative thinking and understanding of the applicability of psychoanalysis makes it a lecture like no other.” —Zachary Wigon, Village Voice
“[Žižek] is a bravura lecturer with a keen sense of what draws audiences to movies… Zizek’s deadpan Marx-infused wit is post-Yugoslav stand-up comedy.” —David D’Arcy, Indiewire
★★★½ “Slavoj Žižek manages to explain some of Lacanian psychoanalysis’s most inscrutable notions with disarming clarity and infectious urgency.” —Diego Costa, Slant Magazine