Jung and Film: Post-Jungian Takes on the Moving Image brings together some of the best new writing from both sides of the Atlantic, introducing the use of Jungian ideas in film analyis. Illustrated with examinations of seminal films including Pulp Fiction, Blade Runner, and 2001 – A Space Odyssey, Chris Hauke and Ian Alister, along with an excellent array of contributors, look at how Jungian ideas can help us understand films and the genres to which they belong.
The book also includes a glossary to help readers with Jungian terminology. Taking a fresh look at an ever-changing medium, Jung and Film is essential reading for academics and students of analytical psychology, as well as film, media and cultural studies.
This is a book of essays regarding film as interpreted through Jungian theory. the first is a classic article by John Beebe regarding the anima in films–he also discussed in this article how he uses film to assist analysts to improve their understanding of object relations.
Mary Dougherty’s brilliant article (I paraphrase one of her sentences in the title of this review) discusses gendered dynamics and film as a force conditioning womens lives, bringing a womans developmental perspective on viewing film. She states that seeing powerful beautiful women such as Marilyn Monroe on the screen was part of her development of ego and gender identity. These experiences “privileged the power of being a desirable woman over the power of acting on my own desires.”
Authors: Christopher Hauke, Ian Alister
Year of Release: 2001