Review: ‘A Pervert’s Guide To Ideology’ 7.26.14

Directed by Sophie Fiennes (sister of Ralph and Joseph) and written by and starring Slavoj Zizek (who is like a modern day Sigmund Freud). This incredibly insightful and fascinating documentary explains how different ideologies are incorporated into some of our favorite films. Similar to last year’s documentary ‘Room 237′, we are given different analyses of a film, except rather than theories surrounding them, Zizek goes so far as to try and present these underlying meanings, hidden ideologies, and theories as facts. And does a very convincing job at it. He discusses psychoanalysis’ relation to cinema, how commodities and product placement are deliberately placed along with religion, consumerism, as well as political ideologies with a focus on Communism, Socialism, and Marxism. Which I found compelling in not only his different examples but even more than that, it really got me thinking and viewing some of these films a lot differently having them put into a different kind of context and ideological framework. This is essential viewing if you like deeper explanations into film and/or at the very basic level, consider yourself to be a student of film.

Grade: A-

Also, I thought I would include the movies below that they either shows clips from or analyzes long segments of. If only to wet your beak:

‘The Dark Knight’
‘Full Metal Jacket’
‘I Am Legend’
‘They Live’
‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’
‘Taxi Driver’
‘A Clockwork Orange’
‘The Last Temptation of Christ’
…to name a few