11 Movies Slavoj Žižek Recommends To Make Sense Of Our Lives

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Slavoj Žižek is considered the Elvis of philosophy. He is a Slovenian cultural critic and philosopher; and also international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. He shared his favorite 11 movies that he thinks will best help us to make sense of the world we are a part in.

Žižek, who loves cinema confesses that although he loves watching good movies, he also gets quite into the movies he finds boring.

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Here are those eleven movies:

1. Trouble in Paradise (1932)

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He says that this movie is the best criticism of capitalism.

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2. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

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According to Žižek, this movie fully reflects how corrupt United States media is.

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3. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

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Here, he adds his admiration of Peter Weir movies and thinks that it is another version of Tarkovsky's Stalker. 

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4. Le souffle au coeur (1971)

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Le souffle au coeur, means 'murmur of the heart.' Žižek states that this film is an important French work that focuses on the concept of incest.

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5. Zert (1969)

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The movie, whose title means "the joke" is a Czechoslovakian movie. It was adapted from the novel with the same title by Milan Kundera. According to Žižek, Zert is the only good novel by Milan Kundera, which is why the movie is also pretty good.

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6. Great Expectations (1946)

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"Why do I love this movie? Because I am simply a great fan of Dickens." This movie was adapted from the Charles Dickens novel with the same title.

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7. Rossellini's three-part series

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Italian director, Roberto Rossellini also earns a place in Žižek's list thanks to his history movies. Žižek' thinks that The Age of the Medici (1973), Cartesius (1974), Blaise Pascal (1972) are among the best history movies. 

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8. Gertrud (1964)

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He also states that he is especially interested in Denmark and all the movies of the Danish director, Carl Theodor Dreyer'. Getrud is one of them, too.

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9. Y tu mamá también (2001)

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The movie, which was directed by Alfonso Cuaron, is about the road trip of two young men and an adult woman. However,  Žižek still thinks that the best movie by Alfonso Cuaron is Children of Men'i (2006). 

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10. The Ice Storm (1997)

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“I have a personal attachment to this film. When James Schamus was writing the scenario, he told me he was reading a book of mine and that my theoretical book was inspiration [sic]. So it’s personal reason but I also loved the movie.”

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11. Antichrist (2009)

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“I will probably not like it, but I like Von Trier. It is simply a part of a duty.”

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