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Zizek!, sometimes written as Žižek!, is a 2005 documentary film directed by Astra Taylor. An international co-production of the United States and Canada, its subject is philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek, a prolific author and former candidate for the Presidency of Slovenia.

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Directed byAstra Taylor
Produced byLawrence Konner
StarringSlavoj Žižek
Music byJeremy Barnes
CinematographyJesse Epstein
Martina Radwan
Edited byLaura Hanna
Distributed byZeitgeist Films
Release date
November 17, 2005
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$40,331 (Worldwide)[1]

Zizek! premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2005 and opened in one theatre in New York City on November 17. It eventually grossed $20,177 in the US and $20,154 in foreign markets for a total worldwide box office of $40,331.[1]

Critical receptionEdit

A.O. Scott of the New York Times observed, "Ms. Taylor, clearly thrilled by her proximity to her hero, seems incapable of the analytical distance that would provide insight into either his ideas or the cultural phenomenon he represents. On the basis of this film, it is hard to know whether Mr. Zizek's superstar status is merited, or to say what his cult says about the state of contemporary thought. Zizek! is entertaining without being especially illuminating."[2]

Eddie Cockrell of Variety called the film a "verbose profile" of Žižek containing "a lot of esoteric, eccentric theories, and little context within his globetrotting life."[3]

Sean Axmaker of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer graded the film B and said it "attempts to put Zizek's philosophy into practical, accessible terms. Accessible, of course, being a relative term - key concepts are dropped through the film in snippets and sound bites that are gone before you've had a chance to really chew them over. You may not grasp his ideological philosophy, but you'll have a good time making the attempt."[4]

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian rated the film three out of five stars, adding he thought it "doesn't quite have the interest and focus of Sophie Fiennes' recent Zizek documentary, The Pervert's Guide to Cinema."[5]

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