Slavoj Žižek on Freud and the Marx Brothers
September 14, 2011
Just when you thought that Freudian theory was dead, it makes a comeback, thanks to Slavoj Žižek, our favorite Slovenian philosopher and critical theorist. Above, Žižek offers a reading that finds Freud’s model of the psyche at work in the Marx Brothers. Hyper Groucho is the super-ego; rational Chico, the ego; and mute Harpo, the id. The footage you’re watching comes from the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup (1933).
Hat Tip Open Culture