Official selection of the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival.
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.
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Interesting man and thinker.
provocative. Wonderfully so.
i don't think he answered the boy's question at the end
Good to watch several times. You get more and more out of it. I love this guy.
This is a great film to help put a personality behind a considerable amount of publications pushing the world to think and ask questions in a deeper more meaningful way.
Everybody who wants to try thinking should view this film.
This is an entertaining, interesting portrait of a world-famous intellectual. I was only a little familiar with Zizek when I first watched the film, but that didn't matter. The combination of hearing him explain his theories and getting an idea of what his life is like makes for a really excellent doc. Astra Taylor does a great job, I look forward to seeing her other films.
if you're not accustomed to Žižek's stream-of-consciousness ramblings or his wild gesticulations, you're not likely to walk away from this thinking anything other than "what a strange guy." If you have read him, or have had the pleasure of attending one of his speaking engagement, this is a very insightful portrait of a tremendous intellect.