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The Pervert's Guide to Cinema is a 2006 documentary directed and produced by Sophie Fiennes, scripted and presented by Slavoj Žižek. It explores a number of films from a psychoanalytic theoretical perspective.

The Pervert's Guide to Cinema
The Pervert's Guide to Cinema.jpg
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Directed bySophie Fiennes
Produced bySophie Fiennes
Georg Misch
Martin Rosenbaum
Ralph Wieser
Written bySlavoj Žižek
StarringSlavoj Žižek
Music byBrian Eno
CinematographyRemko Schnorr
Edited bySophie Fiennes
Marek Kralovsky
Ethel Shepherd
Mischief Films
Amoeba Film
Distributed byP Guide Ltd.
ICA Projects (UK)
Release date
  • 17 June 2006 (2006-06-17) (Sydney Film Festival)
  • 16 January 2009 (2009-01-16) (United States)
Running time
150 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Fiennes and Žižek released a follow-up, The Pervert's Guide to Ideology on 15 November 2012.[1] The format is similar, with Žižek speaking from within reconstructed scenes from films.[2]


The Pervert's Guide to Cinema holds an 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a consensus of, "Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek forgoes the textbook stuff for a fun, probing look at cinema and the human emotional response to it."[3]

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  1. ^ Anne Thompson Archived 2012-07-09 at, "Pervert’s Guide to Cinema’s Fiennes and Zizek Reteam for Pervert’s Guide to Ideology," on 14 October 2011. Indiewire
  2. ^ Leigh, Danny (16 October 2011). "Slavoj Žižek: Blofeld rides again". The Guardian.
  3. ^ "The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 6 January 2017.

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