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June 09, 2007

Zizek! - 5

Not much to write about here. This is 70 minutes in the life of Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek. I heard him speak last October, so there was very little new here. The documentary focuses mostly on his public perception as a "academic rock star," mostly showing him as a writer and lecturer about Lacanian psychoanalysis and postmodern philosophy. It also includes a few scenes of the inside of his apartment- and his strange habit of keeping his clothes in his kitchen cupboards and drawers, and some interaction with his son. One of his most significant points is his claim that the point of philosophy is to think and talk about the meaning of truth and freedom. Astra Taylor directs and is Zizek's interlocutor at meals and as he goes from home to work to lectures all over the world. For other films about philosophers check out the films Derrida (also by Zeitgeist Films) as well as Iris.

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