The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

Director: Sophie Fiennes

Film Info

  • Year: 2013
  • Film Format: Digital
  • Origin: UK/Ireland
  • Runtime: 136
  • Color and B&W
  • Language: English
Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Zizek 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, Zizek 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 Zizek’s stimulating, provocative and often hilarious psychoanalytic-cinematic rant.


Sophie Fiennes

Sophie Fiennes began making films in 1998. She is widely acclaimed for her unique observational eye and strong sense of cinematic form. Fiennes often employs a collaborative approach to filmmaking. Her films therefore also act as powerful portraits of some of today's most iconic individuals.

Fiennes' films have screened theatrically, on television and in festivals around the world, including Cannes, Sundance, Telluride, Locarno, Toronto, Rotterdam, Edinburgh, Sydney and London. Her films include LARS FROM 1-10 (1998), THE LATE MICHAEL CLARK (1999), BECAUSE I SING (2001), HOOVER STREET REVIVAL (2002), THE PERVERT'™S GUIDE TO CINEMA (2006), VSPRS SHOW AND TELL (2007) OVER YOUR CITIES, GRASS WILL GROW (2010) and THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY (2012).

She has recently completed her first short drama, entitled FIRST ROW ORCHESTRA, produced by Didier Jacob for ARTE. Future projects include the completion of her documentary project on Grace Jones, GRACE JONES, THE MUSICAL OF MY LIFE.

Written and presented by Slavoj Žižek
Directed by Sophie Fiennes
Produced by Martin Rosenbaum, James Wilson
and Katie Holly
Director of Photography Remko Schnorr
Production Designer Lucy Van Lonkhuyzen
Costume Designer Debbie Millington
Film Editor Ethel Shepherd
Sound Designer Steve Fanagan
Composer Magnus Fiennes

A Production of P Guide and Blinder Films
with The Irish Film Board, Film4, British Film Institute Film Fund and Rooks Nest Entertainment
“Intellectual rock star Slavoj Zizek dishes out another action-packed lesson in film history and Marxist dialectics with The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, a riveting and often hilarious demonstration of the Slovenian philosopher’s uncanny ability to turn movies inside out and accepted notions on their head.” – Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
“Irresistible.... Outlaw philosopher Slavoj Zizek...makes a terrifically entertaining host.” – Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal
“Discovers the cinematic in the philosophical.” – Diego Costa, Slant
“I urge you to rush to theaters to experience this amazingly intelligent, fun and funny piece of work.” – James van Maanen, Trust Movies
“Oddly hypnotic, even lovable... Rich fun and collectably eccentric.” – Nigel Andrews, The Financial Times
“Zizek is as entertaining as he is provocative; as playfully witty as he is chaotic.... Frequently hilarious, occasionally baffling and often gleefully wrong-headed, Zizek is an engaging guide on this whistle-stop tour of his highly distinctive brand of philosophy.” – Wendy Ide, The Times (London)
“Playful and stimulating.... This is film criticism as stand-up comedy or performance art: Zizek plays up to the camera but that doesn't diminish his wit or his insights.” – Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent
“FOUR STARS! CRITICS’ PICK. EXHILARATING! Though Zizek is a man to be taken seriously, he’s not averse to donning a nun’s habit—and for that we love him.” – Guy Lodge, Time Out New York
“Taken in the right spirit, The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology is a lot of fun, like watching a movie with a friend, then going out for drinks and talking late into the night.” – Noel Murray, The Dissolve
“Frequently engaging, entertaining and stimulating.” – Kyle Smith, The New York Post
“His analyses of culture and movies witty, insightful and usefully thought-provoking.” – Godfrey Cheshire,
“We can't think of a better form of counter-programming to any of your current multiplex options.” – , IndieWIRE
“Žižek’s sense of ideology as not imposed but spontaneous, desired, perhaps necessary, and even a form of fun.” – J. Hoberman, ArtForum
“Žižek has panache in spades, no matter what you think of his theories, and Fiennes’s staging keeps the film visually interesting in a way that supports Žižek’s ideas.” – Pat Padua,