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The Pervert's Guide to Ideology -- 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 (“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 Žižek’s stimulating, provocative and often hilarious psychoanalytic-cinematic rant.

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Slavoj Zizek (screenplay)
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We are responsible for our dreams. This is the ultimate lesson of psychoanalysis - and fiction cinema. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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We need to change our dreams first - that are influenced by ideology - in order to change reality See more (6 total) »

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Slavoj Zizek ... Himself

Directed by
Sophie Fiennes 
 
Writing credits
Slavoj Zizek (screenplay)

Produced by
Sophie Fiennes .... producer
Lizzie Francke .... executive producer
Julia Godzinskaya .... executive producer
Shani Hinton .... executive producer
Katie Holly .... producer
Tabitha Jackson .... executive producer
Rachel Lysaght .... line producer
Martin Rosenbaum .... producer
Michael Sackler .... executive producer
Tanya Seghatchian .... executive producer
James Wilson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Magnus Fiennes 
 
Cinematography by
Remko Schnorr 
 
Film Editing by
Ethel Shepherd 
 
Production Design by
Lucy van Lonkhuyzen 
 
Costume Design by
Debbie Millington 
 
Makeup Department
Gill Brennan .... hair designer
Gill Brennan .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Ailish Bracken .... executive in charge of production: Blinder Films
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luke Johnston .... first assistant director: Dublin
 
Art Department
Deborah Davis .... production buyer: Dublin
Patricia Douglas .... scenic artist: Dublin
Tom Dowling .... construction manager
Irina Eyrun .... stand-by props: Dublin
John Lamon .... carpenter: Dublin
Christy O'Shaughnessy .... painter: Dublin
Martin O'Shaughnessy .... painter: Dublin
Edwin Ryan .... sculptor
Tom Tormey .... rigger: Dublin
Stephen Usher .... carpenter: Dublin
 
Sound Department
Niall Brady .... dialogue editor (adr editor)
Alan Collins .... sound facility director: ardmore sound
Steve Fanagan .... sound designer
Steve Fanagan .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Fanagan .... supervising sound editor
Ken Galvin .... adr recordist
Ken Galvin .... sound re-recording mixer
Keith Lindsay .... sound mixer: Dublin unit
Michelle McCormack .... adr editor
Michael Sujek .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christine Ayoub .... focus puller: Dublin unit
Peter Delaney .... assistant camera: Dublin unit
Stephen Doyle .... electrician: Dublin unit
Stephen McCarthy .... gaffer: Dublin unit
Ian McGurrell .... grip: Dublin unit
Beth Napoli .... assistant camera: LA unit
Cormac O'Omáille .... focus puller: Dublin unit
Charles Simon .... grip: LA unit
Michael Tummings .... still photographer: Dublin unit
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gillian Carew .... costume assistant: Dublin unit
Dennis D'Arcy .... tailor
Monica Ennis .... tailor
Breege Fahy .... costume assistant: Dublin unit
 
Editorial Department
Paul Dawber .... first assistant editor
Cillian Duffy .... on-line editor
Eugene McCrystal .... colourist
Ciara Walsh .... post production supervisor
 
Music Department
Gary Welch .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Calvin McDowell .... transportation: LA Unit
 
Other crew
Eoin Bailey .... stage hand: Dublin unit
Emmaline Dowling .... production assistant
Emmaline Dowling .... production assistant: Blinder Films
Rioghnach ni Ghrioghair .... transcriptions
John Gleeson .... financing & tax advisor
John Gleeson .... section 481 finance
Zoe Graham .... production assistant: P Guide Productions
Carl Hall .... production assistant: Dublin unit
Katie Kitamura .... creative consultant
Hannah Ridyard .... post production intern: P Guide Productions
Kate Rowles .... production coordinator: P Guide Productions
Emily Thomas .... archive researcher
Philine von Guretzky .... additional research
Billie Webster .... production accountant
Andrew Wright .... additional research
 

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Slavoj Zizek:I'm maybe freezing to death, but you will not get rid of me; all the ices in the world cannot kill a true idea.See more »
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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
We need to change our dreams first - that are influenced by ideology - in order to change reality, 5 October 2013
Author: Timos Almpanis from Southampton, UK

The pervert's guide to ideology is a thought provoking documentary, but at the same time enjoyable and full of wit.

Ideology is so ingrained in society that it has affected our dreams. If we want to change our reality we need to change our dreams first. That seems to be the main theme of the film. Applying psychoanalytic theory to film interpretation, Slavoj Zizek attempts to uncover the hidden meaning of many Hollywood films.

The first film commented by Zizek is 'They Live' which is about a man who finds a special pair of sunglasses that allows him to see the real, scary and subliminal message behind posters and adverts in magazines, but also the real monstrous face of some of those living around him. This sets the tone for the film. For the next two hours Zizek attempts to uncover the hidden, subliminal and controlling messages of a number of films produced over the last 50 years. His argument is that Hollywood dictates our fantasies, dreams and desires through ideology. Taking this further, Zizek comments that the ultimate engineered fantasy is not 'to take what we want but to want to be desired'.

Desire, is not just a desire for something, but also a 'desire for desire itself'. This is the main way that capitalism works. There is an urge to consume: 'people nowadays are made to feel guilty because they don't enjoy themselves enough', he claims.

For Zizek, there is no 'big other', no guaranteed, inherent meaning. We are alone and we have to live with that. All ideology is constructed for manipulation and control. The Titanic for instance, demonstrates that 'it is OK for the high classes when they are in low vitality to mix temporarily and sexually exploit the lower classes'. Vampires and the undead are also a demonstration of the class struggle, with the blood sucking vampires representing the high classes.

Similarly, the shark in Jaws represents all fears of American people; Americans may fear natural disasters, aliens, immigrants or other, and the shark unifies all those fears. This ideology was adopted by the Nazis who unified the enemy in the face of the Jews, according to Zizek.

Are Zizek's psychoanalytic explanations to films 'real'? This is up to you to decide; however, they sound plausible and are worthwhile for consideration. Regardless of whether you agree with him or not, Zizek will change the way you watch films and Hollywood will never be the same again.

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