Zeitgeist Films | Zizek!
Astra Taylor
Film Info
2005
71 mins
Color
USA
In English and Slovene with English subtitles
Beta SP
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Rating: Not Rated
Synopsis

The author of works on subjects as wide-ranging as Alfred Hitchcock, 9/11, opera, Christianity, Lenin and David Lynch, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek is one of the most important—and outrageous—cultural theorists working today. This captivating, erudite documentary explores the eccentric personality and esoteric work of this incomparable academic and writer who has been called everything from “the Elvis of cultural theory” to “a one person culture mulcher”.

ZIZEK! trails the eminent and intrepid thinker as he crisscrosses the globe—racing from New York City lecture halls, traversing the streets of Buenos Aires, pit-stopping at his home in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In transit, Zizek obsessively reveals the invisible workings of ideology through a unique blend of Lacanian psychoanalysis, Marxism and pop culture critique. He is also unafraid to turn his critical gaze on himself, offering cutting commentary on his personality, private life and growing inter-national celebrity.

ZIZEK! is both an unforgettable lesson in philosophy and a compelling portrait of an intellectual maverick. Possessing the capacity to appeal to the uninitiated in a way no other philosopher before him could, Slavoj Zizek’s combination of high and low culture will fascinate even those who once believed philosophy to be a bore.

See also Astra Taylor’s EXAMINED LIFE and Sophie Fiennes’ THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY.


Links

Slavoj Zizek biography

Zizek bibliography

An introduction to Zizek’s writings: The Zizek Reader

More on ZIZEK! The Movie

A clip from ZIZEK!

Reading guide #1: So You'd Like to Get "Into" Zizek

Reading guide #2: So You'd Like to Know What the Hell is Zizek Talking About

The Documentary Campaign