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

No, Mother. I'm gonna bring something up.

I am sorry, boy,

but you do manage to look ludicrous

when you give me orders.

- Please, Mother.

No, I will not hide in the fruit cellar.

You think I'm fruity, huh?

And down in the cellar, it's the id,

the reservoir of these illicit drives.

So we can then interpret the event

in the middle of the film,

when Norman carries the mother

or, as we learn at the end,

mother's mummy, corpse, skeleton,

from the first floor to the cellar.

You won't do it again. Not ever again.

Now get out.

- I told you to get out, boy.

- I'll carry you, Mother.

It's as if he is transposing her in his own mind

as the psychic agency from superego to id.

Put me down. Put me down.

I can walk on my own...

Of course, the lesson of it is the old lesson

elaborated already by Freud,

that superego and id are deeply connected.

The mother complains first,

as a figure of authority,

"How can you be doing this to me?

Aren't you ashamed?

"This is a fruit cellar." And then,

mother immediately turns into obscenity,

"Do you think I'm fruity?"

Superego is not an ethical agency.

Superego is an obscene agency,

bombarding us with impossible orders,

laughing at us,

when, of course, we cannot ever fulfil its demand.

The more we obey it, the more it makes us guilty.

There is always some aspect

of an obscene madman

in the agency of the superego.

We often find references to psychoanalysis

embodied in the very relations between persons.

For example, the three Marx Brothers,

Groucho, Chico, Harpo.

It's clear that Groucho, the most popular one,

with his nervous hyper-activity, is superego.

Well, that covers a lot of ground.

Say, you cover a lot of ground yourself.

You better beat it.

I hear they're gonna tear you down

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