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The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime: On David Lynch's Lost Highway

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The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime is first of all the detailed reading of David Lynch's The Lost Highway, based on the premises of Lacanian psychoanalysis. Lynch's unique universe of the "ridiculous sublime" is interpreted as a simultaneous playful staging and traversing of the fundamental ideological fantasies that sustain our late capitalist society.

A master of reversals
Paperback, 56 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by University of Washington Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime: On David Lynch's Lost Highway, Slavoj Žižek
عنوان: هنر امر متعالی مبتذل، درباره بزرگراه گمشده ديويد لينچ؛ نویسنده: اسلاوی ژیژک؛ مترجم: مازیار اسلامی؛ تهران، نشر نی، 1384، در 104 ص؛ شابک: 9643127982؛ عنوان دیگر: بزرگراه گمشده؛ چاپ سوم 1393؛ موضوع: فیلمنامه ها
Oct 23, 2014 Zadignose added it
Shelves: 21st-century
Žižek confronts me with some interesting ideas and insights. At heart, I'm very uncomfortable with theory-based criticism, philosophy also intrigues me while it irks me... I can't say Žižek is explicitly wrong about the things he says here. At the same time, he relies a lot on assertion and suggestion without really demonstrating the validity of some of his ideas. But don't let me be too argumentative here, I generally appreciate his reflections. He happened to be writing about one of my favorit ...more
Dec 13, 2015 Hesam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cinema
قرائتی منسجم و خیلی جالبی از بزرگراه گمشده و اشاراتی به فیلم های دیگه داشت
اما اصلا مورد پسند من نیست
Jigar Brahmbhatt
Feb 27, 2015 Jigar Brahmbhatt rated it liked it
Zizek does a Lacanian reading of the noir-universe, especially David Lynch's Lost Highway and the results are sometimes shocking/revealing and often incomprehensible.

I will stick to the observations that I liked, especially his off-hand remarks on the role-reversal of Femme Fatales in the Hollywood films of the 90s. One noteworthy example is John Dahl's brutal film The Last Seduction. Zizek writes: "In contrast to the classic noir femme fatale of the 40s who remains an elusive spectral presence
Aug 23, 2014 Rasool rated it really liked it
دیک لورنت مُرده*ی لینچ از زبان اسلاوی ژیژک با ترجمه مازیار اسلامی!

هنر امر متعالی مبتذل: درباره «بزرگراه گمشده»ی دیوید لینچ
اسلاوی ژیژک / مازیار اسلامی
نشر نی - 104صفحه

به جز ارتباط اثر با سینما به شکل عام و دیوید لینچ، سینمایش و اثر درخشان او «بزرگراه گمشده» به شکل اخص، استنباطات بیشتری نیز میتوان از عنوان این کتاب داشت. مهمترین آنها این مسئله است که در این کتاب تنها به سینما پرداخته نخواهد شد. ژیژک به طور معمول و به عادت فلاسفه و متفکران اروپایی به همه مباحث به شکلی اجمالی میپردازد. این اثر هم از
Alan Scott
Dec 17, 2008 Alan Scott rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of David Lynch already familiar with the work of Jacques Lacan

Three Stars for book
Five Stars for his theory concerning "Lost Highway"

Stand forewarned! Are you familiar with Lacanian psychoanalysis? If not, then what you are going to get out of this tome will be limited. Unfortunately, I think Zizek's exegesis of Lynch's film is one of the best and most interesting- so you may have to study up to get anything out of this...

For instance, Zizek talks frequently about The Real, The Imaginary, The Symbolic, The Fantasy, Transversing the Fantasy, Perversion, Th
Mar 31, 2007 سپینود rated it it was amazing
after the movie...this book was also a masterpiece. I learned a lot from Zizek's point of view.
ترجمهی این کتاب خیلی خوب بود. دستکم روان بود و قابل فهم، چون مطلب پیچیده بود. برای دوستداران لینچ و ژیژک، واجب است مطالعهی این کتاب! یعنی "هنر، امر متعالی مبتذل"ترجمهي مازیار اسلامی.
اول باید بزرگراه گم شده ی استاد لینچ و ببینید........
Oct 11, 2008 Hundeschlitten rated it liked it
Whew! There's a lot of heft in this short little text (more of a pamphlet than a book, really). Like going out and trying to play a game of full-court basketball after years on the couch, I was quickly winded trying to decipher the academic prose. But on a quick re-read, I found that in the midst of all this heavy verbiage lay some interesting ideas: the nature of transgression in film, the effect of the modern "psychologization" of social life, and Lynchean narrative as a bridge between film an ...more
Mar 29, 2012 Bryan rated it it was amazing
You can take or leave as much of the Lacan as you want but this is still most insightful analysis of Lost Highway out there. The irony about psychoanalysis is that it does such a great job with the topography of the psyche (Zizek sensibly deciphers an obtuse text) but fails in the expounding the geophysics of said topography. It can accurately explain the way things are (or what texts are about) but fails to explain the why. Which is, I think, opposite of psychoanalysis’ intention.

I feel like a
Artem Huletski
Feb 26, 2016 Artem Huletski rated it it was amazing
По "Шоссе в никуда" Жижек ушёл, но перед этим успел обсудить "Жизнь прекрасна", "Касабланку", "Двойную страховку", "Список Шиндлера", "Синий бархат", "Титаник" и даже "Кунг-фу панду".
Jan 17, 2016 Sonja added it
about half of this was pretty well related to 'lost highway' while half was not. or maybe it was? i can't tell.
Oct 13, 2007 Dave rated it really liked it
A long essay by the bad-ass of psychoanalytic theory. Plenty of digressions on other films as well as a logical (somewhat) reading of a wacky movie. When all is said and done, the thesis of this essay is this: Lynch should be taken seriously, but not that seriously.
Apr 08, 2015 Adam rated it it was ok
Reading of Lost Highway is sensible. Much of the other stuff is either unnecessary rambling or generally just rubbish. Still, an important contribution to scholarship on Lynch, when Zizek is actually talking about Lynch.
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Nov 20, 2012 Nathan "N.R." Gaddis marked it as i-want-money
Shelves: zizek, criticism
It be a Lynch day on goodreads.

[please refrain from puns in your comments. that would be in bad taste.]
Zachary Powell
Nov 10, 2013 Zachary Powell rated it it was amazing
Academic analysis of Lynch. Describes and analyzes the movie better than any fanboy could.
Aug 03, 2009 Bryan rated it did not like it
Bob, I want all my Garmonbozia.
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nduwe ebook-nya. masiyo ra diwoco.
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Slavoj Žižek is a Slovene sociologist, philosopher, and cultural critic.

He was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (then part of SFR Yugoslavia). He received a Doctor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Ljubljana and studied psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII with Jacques-Alain Miller and François Regnault. In 1990 he was a candidate with the party Liberal Democracy of Slovenia for P
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