The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology

Sophie Fiennes and Slavoj Zizek’s The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology is a semi-sequel to the duo’s last outing, The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema. Like its predecessor, Ideology features a series of lectures by intellectual rock star Zizek psychoanalyzing Hollywood films. In Zizek’s view, Titanic was a message to the upper class about the acceptability of mingling with the lower classes in a time of great need. Meanwhile, the shark in Jaws represented America’s fears of Nazi Germany. Were all these interpretations simply delusions of Zizek’s hyperactive and bombastic mind? Well, maybe. Actually, probably. But there’s no denying that Pervert’s Guide to Ideology gets viewers rethinking story lines and symbolism in even the most innocuous of films.

5 p.m. January 12 and 19. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit mfah.org. $9.
Sun., Jan. 12, 5 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 19, 5 p.m., 2014

 
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