The Eternal Image: Exploring Ancient Myths in Modern Movie Classics

Speaker: Cooper, Judith & Rosenthal, Suzanne
Product Code: Cooper-Rosenthal-Beyond-Red-Book-MP4
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Judith Cooper, PsyD & Suzanne Rosenthal, PhD. 2 hours 40 minutes. Video & Audio Download.

Topics: Active Imagination, CG Jung, Society and Culture.

The Eternal Image: Exploring Ancient Myths in Modern Movie Classics 

Archetypes are constant, eternal, but unknowable; archetypal images are constantly in the making.  Jung's Red Book images still have the power to fascinate us because Jung found by engaging these images a direct access to the collective unconscious.  Through imagination and dialogue, or 'active imagination,' a healing technique, he experienced and then expressed with pen and paint, archetypal personifications from his tumultuous dreams and fantasies.  Active imagination is a process whereby we hold psychic space for ongoing inner dialogue through relationships with autonomous parts from the unconscious, providing what the psyche needs for our individuation.  

Jung may be seen to have anticipated how gifted contemporary filmmakers mine the unconscious depths of psyche to create 'moving images' which fascinate, disturb, and emotionally catalyze audiences today.  Selected current films will connect us with the same archetypal energies 'in modern dress' that haunted Jung.  Participants will be asked to view three selected films, The King's Speech (2010), The Lives of Others (2007), and the Last Station (2009), and will learn Jungian ways to engage with and experience cinema.

Suggested Reading

    • C.G. Jung, Man and His Symbols



Judith Cooper, PsyD is a clinical psychologist and diplomate Jungian Analyst in private practice in Chicago. She is a graduate and member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. She was adjunct faculty at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (1999-2000), teaching projective testing. She was clinical supervisor (1991-2002) and director of training (1998-2002) of an APA-accredited psychology internship program at a community mental health center in northwest Indiana. She has taught in the Analyst Training Program and lectured on the anima/animus, and the clinical use of film.

Suzanne Rosenthal, PhD is a Jungian analyst and Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Winnetka, IL. She completed her at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago in 1996 after earning her doctorate (psychology) and master’s degrees (film studies) from Northwestern University. She is currently a faculty member of the Analyst Training Program and the Clinical Training Program and is a member of the ATP oversight committee. Sue includes in her years of clinical experience teaching and supervising at the graduate level at Loyola University, Northwestern, and the Illinois School of Professional Psychology Sue has served on the Executive Board of the Institute and on the Admissions, Candidacy and Program Committees. She chaired the committee that established the original Jungian clinic in Evanston. Highlights of her work include papers and workshops on themes of ‘longing for home’ and the clinical use of myths, fairy tales, and film. 

© 2011 Judith Cooper and Suzanne Rosenthal
℗ 2011 CG Jung Institute of Chicago

Audio Format 1 MP3 File: 55MB
Video Format 1 MP4 File: 740MB
Video Resolution 640x480. Codec: x265.