Jung and The Godfather movies : analyzing film from an archetypal perspective

  • Author(s): Joseph Broda
  • When: 1994-06
  • Where: San Jose State University
  • The use of Carl Jung's system of the archetypal, contained within his theory of analysis, has been described and examined in relationship to the hypothesis that conscious application of this system of image creating potential might enhance meaning for the viewer of godfather films. It seems that these films' capacity to reflect the symbolic images of an archetypal nature also inherent within the unconscious psyche of the viewer, Mods itself naturally to analysis of this sort. The movies were viewed and examined by comparing certain archetypal constructs of: shadow, animus, anima, and persona to specific cinematically created image. The effectiveness of the use of this analytic archetypal system resulted in determining that Its conscious application when viewing these films has the possible capacity to enrich perspective, if not enhance meaning.

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