The “Pervert’s Guide to Ideology” is the follow-up to the wildly popular “Pervert’s Guide to Cinema,” starring none other than Slavoj Zizek. We gave you a sneak peak of the trailer in April, but at the time there was no set release date. Since then, the film has signed onto Zeitgeist Films for distribution. It will have a limited release in the NYC IFC Theater on November 1st, followed by a to-be-determined national distribution.
Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Zizek 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, 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: 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 (“one of the forgotten masterpieces of the Hollywood Left”), Titanic, Kinder Eggs, verité news footage, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and propaganda epics from Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia all inform Zizek’s stimulating, provocative and often hilarious psychoanalytic-cinematic rant.
And of course, said awesome poster.