The Pervert’s Guide To Cinema (2006)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.

United Kingdom/Austria/The Netherlands, 2006.  , , , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Sophie Fiennes, , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by Sophie Fiennes, .  

Sophie Fiennes invites philosopher and psychoanalyst to talk for two and a half hours about the many ways that the cinema throughout history has represented dreams, reality and the way that we as humans perceive ourselves through this method of artistic voyeurism. Cleverly putting Zizek into recreated sets from films such as Psycho, Blue Velvet and The Birds, Fiennes constructs a massively informative dive into the mythology of cinema that film buffs will have a grand old time visiting. Clips also include Mulholland Drive, The Testament Of Dr. Mabuse, Lost Highway, Vertigo and even Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher, but the film is longer than necessary and at some points Zizek’s incessant commentary feels like it is going in circles without the kind of ridiculous joy you would hope so obscurely ambitious a project as this would include. On top of that, Fiennes revisits many of the films too often and doesn’t show enough breadth of cinema history to really justify the massive running time.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2006

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