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  • Directors: Sophie Fiennes
  • Format: NTSC
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Japanese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: P Guide Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jan. 2007
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NQRE3C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,196 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA takes the viewer on an exhilarating ride through some of the greatest movies ever made. Serving as presenter and guide is the charismatic Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst. With his engaging and passionate approach to thinking, Zizek delves into the hidden language of cinema, uncovering what movies can tell us about ourselves.

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"A virtuoso marriage of image and thought" -- Variety, September 8 2006

"Slavoj Zizek is a playful and provocative host... Fiennes wittily transposes Zizek into reproductions of scenes from films he discusses." -- The Times, October 5 2006

"Unruly thinker and critic Slavoj Zizek gives a highly entertaining and often brilliant tour of modern cinema... Tremendously exhilarating stuff." -- The Guardian, October 6 2006

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Mar. 2010
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In this marvellous, hilarious and sometimes deeply shocking film, Slavoj Zizek visits various locations of iconic films, and includes excerpts from: The Birds, Vertigo, The Lost Highway, Solaris, et al to dissect the pleasure principle which has the power `to shape our desires and fuel our dreams' - in a Lacanian world, at least.

The key to understanding Zizek is that for him the fundamental insight of German idealism is that the truth of something is always outside it. So the truth of our experience lies outside ourselves, in the Symbolic and the Real, rather than being buried deep within us. We cannot look into our selves and find out who we truly are, because who we truly are is always elsewhere. Without going into the deeper reaches of Zizekian philosophy, it's essential when viewing this film to keep hold in your head of the following (which I have downloaded from the Wikipedia entry on Zizek) in which there are three levels of the Real:
- The "symbolic real": the signifier reduced to a meaningless formula
- The "real real": a horrific thing, that which conveys the sense of horror in horror films
- The "imaginary real": an unfathomable something that permeates things as a trace of the sublime.

Thus we have Zizek's brilliantly parodic and witty film the opening scene of David Lynch's film Blue Velvet with Zizek standing in for the father watering with a hose some tulips and pronouncing the flowers to be disgusting, vagina dentata, "Open to every bee or insect that comes along," A hilarious, wonderful laugh-out-loud moment - and there are many others.

But, of course, Zizek is entirely serious in other ways.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By K. Oleszczyk on 9 April 2007
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He's stocky, sweaty, slightly cross-eyed and restless. He stands in front of us and calls himself a pervert. He claims that we - the film viewers - perceive the screen as a toilet bowl, and are all secretly wishing for all the s**t to explode from the inside. He's unpredictable and scary. Well...? Come on, you could have guessed by now: he's one of the leading philosophers of our age.

Slavoj Zizek is both a narrator and a subject of Sophie Fiennes' extraordinary new film, 'A Pervert's Guide to the Cinema'. Fiennes illustrates a feature-long lecture by Zizek, and does so in two ways: by providing exemplary film clips and putting Zizek on real (or reconstructed) locations from the movies he speaks about. It's always nice to watch neatly captioned scenes from great movies (although 'Revenge of the Sith' got here as well), but the main attraction of 'A Pervert's Guide...' is Zizek himself. What makes the movie such fun to watch is the unanswerable question one cannot help but ask over and over again: what is more outrageous, Zizek's views or Zizek's screen presence? In a documentary by Astra Taylor ('Zizek!', 2005), Slovenian philosopher at one point confessed his fear of being silent. Because, he claimed, he feels like he doesn't exist in the first place, the only way to make all other people believe he does is to talk constantly and feverishly. And talk he did, and how. Also 'A Pervert's Guide...' is dominated by his voice - delivering perfect English in most crazy way, and making some astonishing points about the cinema.

What are those? Well, for example he sees Chaplin's reluctance towards talking picture as a sign of an universal fear of voice itself (kind of alien force taking over the human being - think the ventriloquist segment of 'Dead of Night' [1945]).
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Room for a View VINE VOICE on 19 Mar. 2009
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Marvellous. The man's a genius. I had absolutely no idea who Zizek was before a friend told me to get on the case. I was sucked in within minutes of watching Fiennes' wistfully directed set pieces which complemented Zizek's use of cinema to explain, ultimately, that fiction is reality and vice versa! Using philosophy (I'm not sure what), Freudian psychoanalysis and, most importantly, a passion for film, Zizek provides a celluloid vista to show that the image projected on the screen is merely a reflection of our desires, fantasies and delusions. There is no difference between the screen character and the viewer: both are immersed in a perception of reality that may or may not be real (i.e. all experience is subjective). Zizek populates his discourse with scenes from numerous movies. Hitchcock and Lynch films predominate but there are many other classics to enjoy. And each time Zizek discusses a scene from a film, the viewer is treated to a reconstruction of the scene's location with Zizek strategically positioned in some part thereof. Zizek himself is a wonderful person; he exudes warmth, is often hilarious, has a profound understanding of the human condition and provides, for me at least, a very accessible insight into the `strangeness' of the mind. For instance, Zizek playfully uses the Marx brothers to elegantly explain the Freudian concept of the super-ego (Groucho), ego (Chico) and the id (Harpo). My favourite bits (and there are many) involve Zizek talking about tulips, Zizek under the Golden Gate Bridge and the scene where he's sitting on a lavatory whilst discussing voyeurism.
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