The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology

by Toby Woollaston

Today was always going to be a really tiring day. Start work at 6am. Then after work up to the library to study. Fry my brain on phenomenological theories of the embodied spectator. Then straight downstairs to the Academy Cinema to watch a couple of hours of Slovoj Žižek. Zip home for dinner, then off to play a 9.30pm game of indoor cricket. Head back on pillow at midnight. Great fun … although I could do without the work part.

Two years ago I saw The Perverts Guide to Cinema. It was fascinating. I find Slovoj Žižek a really interesting person to watch, even if he is sometimes difficult to keep up with. The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology pairs the man himself with Sophie Fiennes (Director) again for another round. This time it has less to do with cinema and concerns more his philosophy of ideology. He carefully illustrates his concepts with film examples, which is the currency I understand. So again, I found this fascinating to watch … if not slightly frustrating as I struggled to clutch all his ideas in my overflowing brain. Trailer below.


Next up tonight is Francis Ha. Should be a lot less strenuous on my addled mind.