But, I'd rather see one on Hobbes

Does this mean philosophers are becoming "cool"? Slavoj Zizek, the "leftish intellectual" (his words) has had a film made about him. A warning: the trailer has rather disturbing images. Let me just say I prefer to think of my philosophers fully-clothed and maybe even playing football. Not lounging about in bed or in a room in between two toilets (No, I don't get it either). Such images should come with a warning to overworked postgraduate students.

The film will be showing in DC sometime early next year. Zizek has built up quite a following in the "leftist intellectual" circles for his work on "the real" (I'd summarise but I'll spare yous. Let me just say a stiff drink before and after any reading is highly recommended and will assist in any interpretation of his writing) and also his comments on the war on terror/Iraq.

As for me, I'll give it a pass and wait for a film on Hobbes.


At 12/10/2005 4:23 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

Oh god, anyone but Zizek.

At 12/10/2005 6:51 PM, Blogger Priya said...

Too late. Someone's already done it. He's got a very Austin Powers-like chest btw. Another thing postgrads shouldn't have to be exposed to.

At 12/10/2005 7:05 PM, Anonymous chuck said...

Actually the resemblance between Clooney in "Syriana" and Zizek is already uncanny enough. Still, I'm enough of a theory geek to catch "Zizek" in a few weeks when it hits DC.

At 12/11/2005 2:20 PM, Blogger PTJ said...

I'm with you -- a Hobbes film would be worth shelling out some cash to see. Zizek? Can't see why a film about him would be very interesting.

At 12/11/2005 6:18 PM, Blogger Priya said...

That explains Clooney's beard in Syriana then. They were going for the Zizek look.

As for the movie, maybe, since they are focusing on a general audience, it'll be easier to follow Zizek's views? It's a film on/with/about him so it could be a good way of seeing how film, as a media, can intervene (or not) in academic circles. Also, perhaps film can make Zizek more fun.

Now, my next plan is to link King Kong with IR and call watching that research :-)

At 12/11/2005 10:20 PM, Blogger Genealogy Spice said...

P: you could have been a media ecology major (ask me about that in person).

Please, please, please, please no connections between Clooney and Zizek since in my very naive early 20s I actually liked Clooney.

As far as Zizek is concerned, stay tuned post-tenure (yes that's fairly long term). Though if someone who isn't an activist-masquerading-as-a-scholar can explain to me why he's considered by some (read: "them") the greatest thing since packaged bread (or, to be context-specific, Todorov like) I'll be happy to revisit my missive.

But if we're all going to watch the film together and make fun count me in...assuming a first draft of the dissertation is done!

At 12/11/2005 11:14 PM, Blogger Priya said...

Curious about media ecology now that I've just spent the past few hours watching the first two LOTR films on TV and remembered my (temporarily shelved) plan to write on why LOTR part III is Hobbes in action. That was my "research reason" for buying the extended version DVD set when I was home last year.

At 12/12/2005 12:07 AM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

GS, thanks for the image of a Zizek sandwich. Had to mention sliced bread, didn't you.

Am refusing to watch the trailer because of scary chest hair possibility. I considered putting in a vote for a movie about Foucault, but then decided that would be scarier than the Zizek sandwich. So I guess I vote for Hobbes, who lived before philosophers started doing things exciting enough for movies.

Maybe Spinoza? Or Hume. I'd totally go to a movie about Hume.


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