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Zizek's new film: The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

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Join us this Sunday, May 5, for director Sophie Fiennes' new documentary on Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek's provocative and entertaining thoughts on popular cinema.

"Shakespeare's Prospero mused, 'We are such stuff as dreams are made on.' But what if the very things we seek to escape shape our dreams? This predicament is at the center of The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, director Sophie Fiennes' second documentary collaboration with philosopher and cinéaste par excellence Slavoj Zizek. As he does in its predecessor The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006), the irrepressible Zizek addresses the audience from a series of recreated sets and shooting locations, 'inhabiting' a collection of film excerpts that become the subjects of his self-described 'psychoanalytic cinema-criticism.' In the crucible of this interpretive vision, key scenes from The Sound of Music, Full Metal Jacket, Brazil, The Searchers, Titanic and many others take on a strange new significance. As the ideology that undergirds our cinematic fantasies is revealed, striking associations emerge: What are the fascist political dimensions of Jaws? Is Christianity more atheist than Atheism itself? Which Platonic ideal lies at the heart of the Kinder Surprise candy egg? The answers await as the singular Zizek–raconteur, provocateur, interlocutor–reminds us that we are only as free as our dreams allow."

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology is presented as part of the 56th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival (April 25-May9). For more information and advance tickets:

8:15 Meet at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas (1881 Post St.) to purchase tickets and converse at the theatre's cafe. The film program starts at 9:15.

9:30 After the film we will meet for conversation at a location nearby.