Why do we remember some movies for a lifetime while others are quickly forgotten? Movies are more than simple entertainment…

Jungian Archetype in Film is a three-part series which explores how archetypes—the hero, anima/animus and the shadow—manifest in film and the profound affect they have on our psyche. Interviews with renown Jungian analysts and scholars, John Beebe, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Michael Conforti, Luke Hockley, Gita Moreno, Susan Rowland as well as archival footage of Jung in a 1957 interview, offer fascinating insight into the relationship between film and Jung’s concept of archetypal psychology. The parallel journey of film and archetypal psychology from German Expression to modern film is examined as are the great mythological themes in classic films including Wizard of Oz, Blade Runner, and Frankenstein.

There is no better metaphor for the collective unconscious than film. Despite our easy access to movies in our homes, we still go to special spaces where we sit in the dark with anonymous others watching the magical images and the stories that they tell us about ourselves.


                                                                                    Julia Vickers

                                                                                    Producer Jungian Archetype in Film



John Beebe along with archival footage of C.G. Jung defines archetype.



Dr. Luke Hockley discusses Film Noir



Michael Conforti discusses anima and animus archetypes Moonshine.



Dr. Gita Moreno, Jungian sand play therapist and great granddaughter of The Wizard of Oz author discusses the many archetypes in this modern American myth.



John Beebe discusses Frankenstein as a powerful example of the shadow archetype.