SFS Talkies 2007 - The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (R21) - members only
||THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA takes the viewer on an exhilarating ride through some of the greatest movies ever made. Serving as presenter and guide is the charismatic Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst. With his engaging and passionate approach to thinking, Zizek delves into the hidden language of cinema, uncovering what movies can tell us about ourselves.
||18 August 2007 (Saturday), 12 noon
5th Floor The Cathay
2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233
(Near Dhoby Ghaut MRT station)
Free admission but members only -- flash your membership card to go in. Non-members may sign up online or at the door -- we will issue membership on the spot. No tickets will be sold. Free seating.
The Perverts Guide to Cinema (R21 - Sexual Scenes, 150 mins), Director: Sophie Fiennes
Programmer's Note: I programmed this film as I think it is an insightful look into the deeper nature and meaning of film, even from unlikely sources such as the Marx Brother's Duck Soup or The Matrix. Zizek is a highly entertaining speaker who manages to captivate with his manic, earnest energy. A note about the rating: As the filmmakers have said, the title is a 'Macguffin' of sorts. There are excerpts of provocative movies such as The Piano Teacher and Eyes Wide Shut, but considering Zizek is lecturing about them, there is little titillation around them.
'Unruly thinker and critic Slavoj Zizek gives us a highly entertaining and often brilliant tour of modern cinema... Tremendously exhilarating stuff.'
The Guardian, 6 Oct 2006
'A hilarious, high-energy monologue by Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, who in a stroke of genius is placed on replica sets of the films he's going on about.'
New York Post, 20 Apr 2007
'You don't have to agree with it to appreciate the uniqueness and refreshing quality of Zizek's viewpoint. It's a lot of fun and an education, too.'
San Francisco Chronicle, 11 May 2007
'Zizek's ideas ... are frequently amusing and provocative, whether using Norman Bates' multilevel house in "Psycho" and the Marx Brothers to illustrate Freud's theories about the superego, ego and id or the films of David Lynch to explore, well, pretty much every aspect of human sexuality.'
Hollywood Reporter, 4 May 2007
THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA takes the viewer on an exhilarating ride through some of the greatest movies ever made. Serving as presenter and guide is the charismatic Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst. With his engaging and passionate approach to thinking, Zizek delves into the hidden language of cinema, uncovering what movies can tell us about ourselves.
THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA offers an introduction into some of Zizek's most exciting ideas on fantasy, reality, sexuality, subjectivity, desire, materiality and cinematic form. Whether he is untangling the famously baffling films of David Lynch, or overturning everything you thought you knew about Hitchcock, Zizek illuminates the screen with his passion, intellect, and unfailing sense of humour. THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA applies Zizek's ideas to the cinematic canon, in what The Times calls 'an extraordinary reassessment of cinema.'
The film cuts its cloth from the very world of the movies it discusses; by shooting at original locations and on replica sets, it creates the uncanny illusion that Zizek is speaking from within the films themselves. Described by The Times as 'the woman helming this Freudian inquest,' director Sophie Fiennes' collaboration with Slavoj Zizek illustrates the immediacy with which film and television can communicate genuinely complex ideas. Says Zizek: 'My big obsession is to make things clear. I can really explain a line of thought if I can somehow illustrate it in a scene from a film. THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA is really about what psychoanalysis can tell us about cinema.'
THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA is constructed in three parts. Says Fiennes: 'The form of the Guide is a deliberately open one. There are three parts, but there could be more. Zizek's method of thinking is exciting because it's always building. Things relate forwards and backwards and interconnect into a mind-altering network of ideas. The film's title is something of a McGuffin - just a way to get you into this network.'
SLAVOJ ZIZEK (Presenter)
Widely acclaimed as one of the most original thinkers of our time, Slavoj Zizek is a dialectical-materialist philosopher. He is the author of more than fifty books on diverse subjects ranging from opera to religion, film, and the war in Iraq. He has taught at universities including Paris, London, Columbia, Chicago, Duke, Princeton and the New School in New York. He currently holds a post at the Department of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana and is Co-Director of the International Centre for Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has been the subject of numerous media profiles in various publications including the Guardian, New Yorker, Liberation (France) and Asahi (Japan). He contributes articles to the Guardian, London Review of Books, and Le Monde (France).
For a bibliography of Zizek's works visit www.lacan.com/bibliographyzi.htm
SOPHIE FIENNES (Director / Producer)
Sophie Fiennes received no formal education. She worked as an apprentice to film director Peter Greenaway from 1987 - 1992, managed the Michael Clark dance company from 1992-1994 and began making films in 1999. Fiennes' films play with notions of performance and identity. She is widely acclaimed for her unique observational eye as well as her strong sense of cinematic form. Films include Lars From 1-10 (1999) The Late Michael Clark (2000) Because I Sing ( 2001) and Hoover Street Revival ( which was released theatrically in the UK 2003 by Metro Tartan and Tartan USA ). She received a NESTA fellowship and The Pervert's Guide To Cinema was born out of research during this fellowship period.