DVD & Blu-ray review: The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (15)

Sophie Fiennes DVD (136mins)

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Slavoj Žižek, much like Jonathan Meades, evokes your favourite university lecturer: he's peculiar, provocative, knowledgeable and funny. Not many academics would start their dissection on Hollywood and Western ideology with John Carpenter's hoary horror They Live, which he describes as a “masterpiece”. Other films under into his skewed microscope are The Sound of Music, Taxi Driver (where Žižek holds court from Travis Bickle's bed) and, best of all, his hatchet job on Titanic. His conclusion seems to be “freedom hurts”.