Posts Tagged 'film'

Appointment with the Wise Old Dog


“Nature’s Daughter Rising Amidst Flames” (1965), oil pastel on paper, by David Blum

Watch this trailer for the 1998 DVD “Appointment with the Wise Old Dog,” about David Blum who was then dying with cancer. He discusses a recurring anima figure in his dreams and the way he gained deeper insight through his artwork based on these dreams. ARAS – Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism has made their collection of his forty-four dream paintings and commentary available on their website.

The Zombie Apocalypse


After seeing the movie World War Z over the weekend I reminded myself that I never need to see another zombie movie again. Later, some friends and I were talking about why zombie stories are so prevalent in our culture right now and I thought about the symbolism of the “undead,” similar to vampire symbolism but not as sexy. There is nothing attractive about a zombie in any way. So what is it about them that is so fascinating to so many?

Adam Frank writes in a blog post “How To Love The Zombie Apocalypse” on the NPR blog 13.7 Cosmos and Culture:

“So why should we love the Zombie Apocalypse? Because, like all good mythologies, its trying to tell us something really, really important. The fact that the story keeps getting retold again and again shows us just how badly the thing at the root of the story wants to get our attention. And what is that thing? The Zombie Apocalypse is really trying to tell us about resilience.”

I’m not sure I buy resilience as that thing, but I like the idea of “how badly the thing at the root of the story wants to get our attention.” Now, what really wants to get our attention? And where is Joseph Campbell when we need him?

Quote of the Day

“What was it that made me different as a child? What set me apart? What caused me to cry at night in my pillow because I didn’t fit in with the ‘in’ crowd? That is probably precisely where the door to your bliss is going to open. Go back and find it!”
Rebecca Armstrong, from the movie Finding Joe

Webinar “A Dangerous Method”

The Asheville Jung Center is hosting a second webinar on the film “A Dangerous Method.” This one is titled “A Dangerous Method,” the Film – Historical and Clinical Reflections and the presenters are Murray Stein, President of the International School of Analytical Psychology (ISAPZ) in Zurich, Switzerland; Angela Graf-Nold, historian of psychoanalysis; and Jan Wiener, a senior training analyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology in London. The date for the webinar is Thursday, March 8, 2012, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Eastern US Time Zone).

To register, click here.

The first webinar on the movie, “A Dangerous Method” Indeed: A Look at the Current Film on Carl Jung, is available now as a DVD for home study.

CE credits are available for both, as with the rest of the webinars the Asheville Jung Center produces.

Finding Joe

There is a new documentary out on Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey called “Finding Joe.” It has recently opened in Los Angeles and on October 14 opens in San Francisco, Berkeley and Denver. You can watch the trailer on the movie’s website. You can check out yesterday’s Huffington Post review here. You can also follow the progress of the movie on Facebook. Seems doubtful that it will come to a theater in Fayetteville, but we can look forward to watching the DVD one of these days.

The movie features Deepak Chopra, Mick Fleetwood, Rashida Jones, Tony Hawk, Catherine Hardwicke, Laird Hamilton, Robert Walter, Akiva Goldsman, Sir Ken Robinson, Robin Sharma, Lynne Kaufman, Alan Cohen, Brian Johnson, Joseph Marshall III, Rebecca Armstrong, Chungliang Al Huang, David L. Miller, Gay Hendricks, David Loy and Norman Ollestad.

Trailer for “A Dangerous Method”

We’re getting closer to seeing David Cronenberg’s Freud/Jung film in theaters—it’s just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. You can watch the trailer, and see the official website (also the trailer) for the film.

“Mortensen calls for release of more Jung letters”

This popped up as the main headline on Yahoo’s Entertainment News this morning. You can read the very short article here.


Trailer for A Dangerous Method

The trailer for the upcoming David Cronenberg film, A Dangerous Method, about the relationship between Freud and Jung, is now available here. You can also watch various clips and see behind the scenes pics as well.

Hollywood Shadows

In the March 21, 2011 issue of the New Yorker, there’s an interesting article on two popular therapists in California who cater to the Hollywood field of writers, actors, producers, etc. using Jungian techniques. They are Barry Michels and Phil Stutz and they treat patients for writer’s block, stagefright, insecurity, etc. Apparently discussion of shadow is common among many in Hollywood.

Their methods sound very direct and in current-day language and are an interesting take on Jungian thought. You may have to have a New Yorker subscription to read the entire article online—check the link above.

Library of Congress Webcast Available

The Library of Congress has an exhibit on the Red Book (“The Red Book of Carl G. Jung: Its Origins and Influence”) up through September and has now made available a webcast of the symposium that was held June 19, 2010. Speakers included the editor of the Red Book, Sonu Shamdasani; Jungian analyst and scholar, James Hillman; Ann Ulanov, professor of psychiatry and religion at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City; and scholars Joseph Cambray, Ernst Falzeder, George Makari, Betty Flowers, John Beebe, and Thomas Kirsch. The webcast is posted in 2 parts:

Part 1
Part 2


The NWA Friends of Jung meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month in the library at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The Sunday Dream Group meets the 1st and 3rd Sundays from 2–3:30 in the library at St. Paul’s.

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