Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

Poster for Monsieur Verdoux (1947) – Wikimedia Commons

A few days ago I watched Charlie Chaplin’s clever and somehow sinister comedy Monsieur Verdoux (1947).[1. Available on Hulu.com as part of its Criterion Collection section.] As you may know, the movie is the story of Henri Verdoux — a.k.a. Varnay, a.k.a. Bonheur, a.k.a. Floray— a grayish bank teller who begins a career as “mass murderer” after being laid off from his job of thirty years.[1. Curiously, the story is based on actual events, the life of the “Bluebeard” murderer, Henri Landru.] Continue reading “Monsieur Verdoux (1947)”

Žižek… The Plagiarist!

A quick follow up on my previous post on Žižek’s alleged case of plagiarism. First, several bloggers have picked up the story, from Slate‘s Rebecca Schuman to NPR’s Annalisa Quinn and Gawker‘s Michelle Dean. Žižek himself wrote to Critical Inquiry — the original publisher of the transgressive essay— a full “Clarification,” blaming the mishap on some sloppy “friend” who provided him with a summary of Stanley Hornbeck’s review of Macdonald’s book at the time when he was writing his. Continue reading “Žižek… The Plagiarist!”