The Pervert's Guide To Cinema

Synopsis: THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA takes the viewer on an exhilarating ride through some of the greatest movies ever made. Serving as presenter and guide is the charismatic Slavoj Zizek, acclaimed philosopher and psychoanalyst. With his engaging and passionate approach to thinking, Zizek delves into the hidden language of cinema, uncovering what movies can tell us about ourselves. Whether he is untangling the famously baffling films of David Lynch, or overturning everything you thought you knew about Hitchcock, Zizek illuminates the screen with his passion, intellect, and unfailing sense of humour. THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA cuts its cloth from the very world of the movies it discusses; by shooting at original locations and from replica sets it creates the uncanny illusion that Zizek is speaking from 'within' the films themselves. Together the three parts construct a compelling dialectic of ideas. Described by The Times in London as 'the woman helming this Freudian inquest,' director Sop
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Sophie Fiennes
Actors: Slavoj Zizek
Production: ICA Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
150 min

I'm sure Miss Daniels wants to be on her way.

I think you ought to stay the night, Melanie.

We have an extra room upstairs and everything.

The big question about The Birds,

of course, is the stupid, obvious one,

"Why do the birds attack?"


It is not enough to say that the birds

are part of the natural set-up of reality.

It is rather as if a foreign dimension intrudes

that literally tears apart reality.

We humans are not naturally born into reality.

In order for us to act as normal people

who interact with other people

who live in the space of social reality,

many things should happen.

Like, we should be properly installed

within the symbolic order and so on.

When this, our proper dwelling

within a symbolic space, is disturbed,

reality disintegrates.

So, to propose the psychoanalytic formula,

the violent attacks of the birds

are obviously explosive outbursts

of maternal superego,

of the maternal figure preventing,

trying to prevent sexual relationship.

So the birds are raw, incestuous energy.

What am I doing? I'm sorry, now I got it.

My God, I'm thinking like Melanie.

You know what I'm thinking now?

"I want to f*ck Mitch."

That's what she was thinking.

No. Sorry, sorry, sorry.

Oh my God, I got this spontaneous

confusion of directions.

Mrs Bates.

We are in the cellar of the mother's house

from Psycho.

What's so interesting is that

the very disposition of mother's house...

Events took place in it at three levels,

first floor, ground floor, basement.

It is as if they reproduce the three levels

of human subjectivity.

Ground floor is ego.

Norman behaves there as a normal son,

whatever remains of his normal ego taking over.

Up there, it's the superego.

Maternal superego, because the dead mother

is basically a figure of superego.

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