Slavoj Žižek

Through the glasses darkly

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Cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek offers a thought provoking analysis of how ideology embeds itself by structuring the way we react to the conditions of our daily lives

John Carpenter's 1988 film They Live, one of the neglected masterpieces of the Hollywood left, is a true lesson in the critique of ideology. It is the story of Nada - Spanish for "nothing" - a homeless labourer who finds work in Los Angeles as a construction worker. One of the other workers, Frank Armitage, takes Nada to a local shantytown to spend the night. Noticing some suspicious behaviour at a nearby church, he decides the next day to investigate. Upon searching the church he discovers several boxes full of sunglasses in a secret wall compartment.

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