A Strange Preview: The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology

This is Slavoj Zizek’s sequel to The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema. For those of you not familiar with his unique affect, Zizek is, in the words of his Wiki entry, “a Slovene philosopher and cultural critic.”

But aren’t we all.

He is also a Marxist who has come out in support of the good old-fashioned Stalinist informer and has many good things to say about Kung Fu Panda. (He may also run a gymnasium.)

When all is said and done, how can you not have at least a guilt-ridden interest in someone who loves Terry Gilliam’s Brazil with this kind of passion:

Oh my god that’s the best British movie of all time. It really shows in advance how the new authoritarianism will be full of these jokes, self-irony: it will no longer be this dignified fascism, or whatever, you know? So many detailed tricks, like — I quoted it at least some ten times — it’s wonderful, you remember when they go to a restaurant and you get the photo of the meal and then some sh*tty stuff [is put out] and you look at it.

Enjoy. Or don’t. I promise you, Zizek couldn’t care less.


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