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Entering the dream, meeting the dreamers,
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This review is from: C.G. Jung: Wisdom of the Dream - 3-Part Series [DVD]  [All Regions] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This DVD consists of three one hour films that I remember being broadcast on Channel 4 in 1989. There have not, to my knowledge, been many documentaries about Jung since then on mainstream television. There was also a book consisting of much of the material on display here, and even extending it (see Jung - The Wisdom of the Dream: C.G.Jung and His Work in the World). The films here are very well constructed even if the colours look less true on a modern TV, and some images emerge as slightly more fuzzy on a larger, more modern, HD screen, but this is not beyond tolerance.
The films consist of a survey of Jung's work and influence including his ideas on dreams, introvert/extrovert types, the archetypes and the collective unconscious, for which he is, perhaps, best known. But people familiar with these ideas may be surprised to find out (as I certainly was) that some of his early work and experiments on word association were also important in the development of the polygraph, better known as the "lie detector." As one of the people interviewed here, the distinguished therapist Andrew Samuels, points out sometimes Jung is better known to many as a guru rather than as a psychiatrist. The films move into this area with additional interviews with theologians, scientists, scholars as well as therapists. Of extra interest is more information on the Native American, Mountain Lake who Jung befriended and then corresponded with after a trip to America.
There are interviews with many of Jung's collaborators including Marie-Louise von Franz and his secretary, Aniela Jaffe, which proved timely as both died not long after the films were broadcast. There are also interviews with famous Jungians such as Robert A Johnson, Edward Edinger and James Hillman. The last of these especially has developed a reputation in his own right. These proved very fruitful pickings to me also. At the time, I had read a fair amount of Jung's works, but not as much from post-Jungians. The films do discuss some of their ideas too. Then there are extracts from an long filmed interview with Jung. There we hear in accented, but fluent, English the man speak for himself. In some ways this strikes me having a French than Germanic twang, but then Jung was Swiss. This gives an even greater sense of the man's presence, as do silent film of him socialising and on his travels into Africa, as well as more modern photos of the tower he built Bollingen.
Of course Jung studies have moved on since these films were made. The publication of The Red Book: Liber Novus (Philemon) is bringing about new ways of looking at Jung, as is the work of its editor Sonu Shamdasani. We know know more about Jung's personal life. These are inevitably not discussed here. But there is still much richness here. They are an excellent introduction to Jung's work and the basic ideas that he is still best known for and how they are applied. These films and the book, like Jung's work, opened up of so many things for me, provided avenues of thought to pursue. I often return to them Highly recommended.