Sunday, January 29, 2006

Film Žižek! (Astra Taylor, 2005)

As part of the Duke University Screen Society Documentary/Politics of Truth series, I saw "Žižek!", a 2005 71-minute documentary film about the wildly enthusiastic Slovenian philosopher, Slavoj Žižek. I hadn't heard about Žižek before, but the crowd of over 50 people at the showing, a quick conversation with a person sitting next to me, and a look on the web indicated that this is simply due to my ignorance. Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Zizek has published over 50 books on a wide variety of topics anchored to his views of Marx's political philosophy and French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan's theories. I found the film academic and perhaps a bit long, but I enjoyed the discussion afterwards with the director, Astra Taylor.

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