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Cast

 

Slavoj Zizek ... Himself

Directed by
Astra Taylor 
 
Produced by
Lawrence Konner .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jeremy Barnes 
 
Cinematography by
Jesse Epstein 
Jesse Erica Epstein 
Martina Radwan 
 
Film Editing by
Laura Hanna 
 
Sound Department
Laura Hanna .... sound
 
Animation Department
Molly Schwartz .... animator
 
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Karen Freed .... transcriber
 

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71 min
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Slavoj Zizek:I went to wash my hair... and then the woman hairdresser approached and she told me: "Why don't I give you a massage with some oil?" I enjoyed it but I felt so obscene, as if I'd payed for masturbation.See more »
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Less biopic than soapbox., 15 April 2012
Author: TheDocHierarchy from United Kingdom

Towards the end of Astra Taylor's 'Zizek!', the Slovenian philosopher is convinced by his son to put the Lion King on TV. As the child squeals with excitement, Zizek throws his head back, turns to the camera and laments 'oh now he's going to act all narcissistically amused'. Without delving into the inner-workings of Zizek's scholarship, for such a pursuit is so far beyond the means of this writer it would be a joke to even attempt it, the off-hand remark goes some way to encapsulating the enigma and eccentricity of the renowned Lacanian/Marxist author.

The film itself probably struggles between providing a platform for Zizek to opine on modern society, and in doing so alienating the 99% who won't truly understand what he has to say (*puts hand up*), and delving into the psyche of a truly remarkable mind. One does not have to be a philosophy major to marvel at the language Zizek uses and the speed at which he constructs arguments and rattles off examples that ground his work in our quotidian existence. At just 71 minutes, there is no harm in the being restricted to the latter, but there is a certain frustration in being taken to the verge of understanding an argument and then abruptly swept off to a different corner of Zizek's scholarship.

The filmmaker's synopsis describes Zizek! as: 'Never ceasing to observe the paradoxes that underpin our perception of reality, little goes untheorized over the course of the film, particularly Zizek's recurring themes -- ideology, belief, revolution, and love.' Beware the creative license taken there, for much goes untheorized, but expect to be provoked to think. Be switched on if you want to watch it.

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