Wednesday, June 04, 2008


'Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn't give you what you desire - it tells you how to desire'
- Slavoj Zizek

Philosopher, film critic, raconteur, Slavoj Zizek presents his ideas of film and philosophy in this engaging and eye-opening film by Sophie Fiennes. Fiennes embeds Zizek, the Slovenian pyschoanalyst, directly into some of his favorite scenes which he uses to illuminate the ideas and concepts of pyschoanalysis.

Not only is film the perfect medium for criticism of itself, but also the perfect forum for Zizek and his particular talent of constructing and explaining his ideas in a seemingly free-flowing, unscripted style. When Zizek pops into the Matrix we can't help but laugh when he demands a "third pill". Also, I can't help but notice that the blue pill looks an awful lot like a fast-acting Advil gel capsule, of which I have consumed far too many. I guess that's my subconscious desire to stay within the Matrix and refusal to awaken to the reality of my existence. Or maybe I just had a headache.

To find out more see the film's Web site.

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