The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (2006)

Slavoj Zizek, the Lacanian Marxist from Slovenia, the academic superstar, delivers a spectacular lecture on the Freudian psychoanalysis of cinema. From Hitchkock, Eisenstein, Marx Brothers, Tarkovsky, Kieslowski, Lynch, and many other classics, he explains the replacement images that have rosen from the Id to the screen of the super ego, repressed, aggressive, mortified, idealized, but above all full of sexual desire. In a way it takes the first chapter of Carl Jung’s Psychological Types, in which he psychanalyzes world literature, and applies its method to the art form of the 20th century. If you don’t understand Freud, it is hard to recognize the artistic layers in these movies. Brilliant.

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