Presented by the psychoanalyst and philosopher Slavoj iek (Ljubljana, 1949) and directed by Sophie Fiennes (Suffolk, 1967), The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (2006) follows the philosopher as he examines films like The Exorcist (1973), Duck Soup (1933) and Alien (1979), speaking from replica sets of classic films like Psycho (1960), Blue Velvet (1986) and The Matrix (1999).
Fiennes’ three-part film delves into the human psyche, asking such questions as: why does our libido need the virtual universe of fantasies? To what extent does fiction structure reality? Why should we take fantasy seriously? “The problem for us is not are our desires satisfied or not,” asserts the Slovenian philosopher, “but how to know what we desire. Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn’t give you what you desire. It tells you how to desire.”
Sophie Fiennes is the director of Lars From 1-10 (1999), The Late Michael Clark (2000), Because I Sing (2001) and Hoover Street Revival (2003).
The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, 2006, Betacam SP, colour, sound, English with Spanish subtitles, 150’