One of Slavoj Žižek's most penetrating interventions into film theory is The Fright of Real Tears: Krzysztof Kieślowski Between Theory and Post-Theory. As always with Žižek's works, the reader of Fright gets much more than he bargained for. In the first part of the book, Žižek redefines the coordinates of the controversy in today's cinema studies between “Theory” and “Post-Theory” by demonstrating decisively that both sides are wrong, both sides misrepresent the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan. Against the reductivist reading of Lacan presupposed by both Theorists and Post-Theorists, Žižek indicates a way beyond the controversy by deploying properly Lacanian concepts in order to …

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Wood, Kelsey. "The Fright of Real Tears: Krzysztof Kieslowski between Theory and Post-theory". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 July 2010
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