- Ends Tue, Feb 4Dir. Sophie Fiennes, UK/Ireland, 2013, 136 min., NR, DCPOfficial Website
With infectious zeal and a voracious appetite for popular culture, cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Žižek literally goes inside some truly epochal movies, all the better to explore and expose how they reinforce prevailing ideologies. What hidden Catholic teachings lurk at the heart of THE SOUND OF MUSIC? What are the fascist political dimensions of JAWS? TAXI DRIVER, ZABRISKIE POINT, THE SEARCHERS, THE DARK KNIGHT, John Carpenter’s THEY LIVE (“one of the forgotten masterpieces of the Hollywood Left”), TITANTIC, Kinder eggs, verité news footage, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” and propaganda epics from Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia all inform Žižek’s stimulating, provocative and often hilarious psychoanalytic-cinematic rant.
“Four Stars! Critics’ Pick! Exhilarating! Though Žižek is a man to be taken seriously, he’s not averse to donning a nun’s habit—and for that we love him.” —Guy Lodge, Time Out New York