Sunday, October 26, 2008

ZIZEK

This is more like it. A most welcome antidote to Enemies Of Reason in the form of The Pervert's Guide To The Cinema by maverick psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek, a short documentary in the ArtShock series. (The rest I didn't care for much - Brit artists Jake Chapman and Tracey Emin both, in turn, being found wanting.)

Zizek exquisitely collates scenes from iconic movies (most prominent are those of Hitchcock), whilst putting forward his charmingly provocative ideas with an enthusiastic deliberateness. Much of his commentary is laced with Freudian concepts and models, which personally I can do without; yet that notwithstanding, it's where he takes you with it that makes it so special.

4 comments:

Ea-M. said...

I was wondering about that one since i read about it in the CPH DOX programme... If i can fit the teature into my timetable, i'll give it a go.

William Bennett said...

go for it! it's only 45 minutes long so you owe it to yourself

L'étranger said...

Yes, he ROCKS! The full version of 'Perverts Guide To Cinema' runs over two hours. Essential for grandmothers everywhere (Zizek says his role is to make Lacan-not Freud-accessible to even our grandmothers) and those engaged in the futile attempt to warm up the shrivelled testicles of the traditional canon (Derrida, Deluze etc.) of cultural theory.

A good primer for Zizek is the a feature length documentary on the man which of course has found it's way onto You Tube :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4VpxI8tkpU

Thomas Bey William Bailey said...

Now why did I guess you were probably a Zizek fan? ;)

If you have a LOT of time on your hands, I'm halfway through his new "In Defense of Lost Causes" which also features a good deal of film analysis, from The Lives of Others to something with Jennifer Aniston in it. Whether one has any grounding in Lacanian theory or not, it is fascinating to see how he can apply this to just about any cultural phenomenon and make you laugh out loud in the process.

Also worth checking out are his YouTube lectures (which will nullify the need to buy his book 'Violence,' it's all the same basic material), and there's a free 2-hour video lecture of his on the iTunes store (look for 'Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences' poscast.)