Friday, May 04, 2007

INTERVIEW: Sophie Fiennes and THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA

"THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA, directed by Sophie Fiennes (sister to Ralph and Joseph), was a popular draw at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. A blueprint for approaching cinema through a psychoanalytic lens, the three-part series consists of substantial film clips and tongue-in-cheek, meticulously recreated settings of famous films (Melanie under siege on Bodega Bay in THE BIRDS; a cadaverous Mrs. Bates in the basement of PSYCHO; a lunatic Frank on the couch in the unquestionably "perverted" BLUE VELVET). However, in place of Melanie, Mrs. Bates, and Frank, sits Fiennes's 'guide,' the world-renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek. The good doctor clearly relishes his role by tossing off such stimulating Freudianisms as: 'Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn't give you what you desire. It tells you how to desire.' As Thom Powers notes in his Toronto catalogue review, 'This doc will make you proud to call yourself a pervert.'

"The aim of The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, she says, is to 'document Zizek's thinking on cinema and perhaps the process of thinking itself as a performance, something caught, alive in its moment.' If not a performance, this interview serves as 'something caught' and hopefully remains 'alive in its moment.'"

Continue reading Cathleen's interview with Sophie on Greencine: http://www.greencine.com/central/sophiefiennes

THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
May 3-6, 2007
Roxie Cinema, San Francisco
Fri., May 11 – Tues., May 15

THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA DVD is available for purchase at: www.pervertsguidetocinema.com for £21.99, inclding free shipping worldwide.

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