A film about films through the lenses of psychoanalytic theory, The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema is documentary from 2006 initially recorded in three parts for the British Channel 4 which was written, presented and narrated by Slavoj Žižek and directed by Sophie Fiennes.
Over forty cinema pieces are discussed and represented over the course of the three short parts of the documentary, from the 1951 cartoon Alice in Wonderland, Chaplin’s comedy The Great Dictator, Hitchcock’s horror film Psycho, Lynch’s surreal masterpiece Mulholland Dr. to Trier’s avant-garde Dogville. The philosopher and psychoanalytic theorist takes center stage as he guides the viewer through a fast panorama of meticulously re-created scenes and recordings taken from individual films in question. A follow-up production by Žižek and Fiennes called The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology was later released in 2012.
The film in its entirety has been replicated here from a commercial DVD without authorization for archival purposes.
- Synopsis written, and file created on 17th March 2021 at 5AM with Handbrake free open source software for archive of theoryreader.org
- Audio in English, 224bit stereo AAC encoded
- Subtitles in English, French and German included
- Video is split into three parts, 49min 19sec, 54min 51sec and 49min 2sec length respectively, 153min 12sec in total, H.264 10-bit (x264) encoded, widescreen format, with cropped black edges
- The three files are 396 MB, 395,4 MB & 370,2 MB in size respectively, 1134,6 MB in total, contained in Matroska .mkv, uploaded and hosted on mega.nz encrypted cloud storage
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Rating: PEGI 18