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, acclaimed philosopher and psychoanalyst.
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What we get when a psychoanalyst turns his training to cinema is a series of very freudian analysis' of some of the greatest movies ever made. The problem with many of these arguments is that the directors themselves could tell our host Slavoj that they intended none of this and he could still say that Freud is not about conscious intentions. His theories are, therefor non-disprovable. They are also often farfetched.
Zizek talks in a dream language where you hear what he has to say, but a couple of minutes later it disappears. It's quite enjoyable, even if you can't touch it. "A fantasy realized becomes a nightmare."
"When fantasy disintegrates, you don't get reality. You get some nightmarish real, too traumatic to be experienced as ordinary reality. That would be another definition of nightmare. Hell is here; paradise –at least this perverse paradise– is hell."
This is a wonderful introduction to Zizek. His incursions in the politics of romance, everyday life, society and the way ideology is constructed are made through some of his favorite movie scenes. We see him in the reconstructed scenes narrating after the scene is shown. And discover how psychoanalisis and politics can turn cinema into something even more deep and surprising. Reveal more. Or maybe add complexity.
An eclectic cross-section of film clips and some fascinating insights make this documentary oddity worth watching. Slavoj Zizek's psychological analysis strikes some compelling points; though when he gets into a more philosophical bent, it really depends on how much high-minded musing you can stomach (I've always found most philosophy to be a kind of intellectual masturbation, but that's just me). Well worth watching