C G Jung Society of Melbourne Inc

Join us in the quest for wholeness through Jungian archetypes of duality and integration

A forum established in 1962 for discussion, exploration and continued development and application of the concepts espoused by the Swiss psychoanalyst - Carl Gustav Jung

November 16th, Friday Night Lecture.

Venue: Habitat Canterbury, 2 Mont Albert Rd, Canterbury, 3126.

Booking not required - Cost: Members free, Non-members - $20 full, $10 concession.

(please note: the Stormy weather workshop has been cancelled)

….. Nibbles and coffee/teas available prior the main lecture ….

Discussion Group - 7.00pm - 7.45pm.

Reading material: Nobel Prize in Literature 1970 - Alexandr Solzhenitsyn Nobel Lecture: click Here

Note: please arrive before 7.10pm - Entry to Discussion Group closed after 7.10pm.

Followed by the main lecture at 8.00pm - (see below). 

Friday Night Lecture - 8.00pm

‘A Jungian Approach to Films’ with John Noack

John Noack’s talk with film images, will present the traditional depth-psychological, archetypally-based and individuation-expressing Jungian approach to creating and experiencing films. He will present two examples and describe three other approaches to the study of films for comparison.


Federico Fellini’s film “8 ½” deals primarily with the feminine impulses and images of Fellini’s inner, archetypal “anima”, which he explored during his own Jungian analysis in the 1950s.

These impulses express themselves through his projected, mainly female images of the many women in his life. These include his wife, mother, mistress, muse, colleague, a prostitute from his childhood days and various others. This film is really a depiction of Fellini’s quest and his planning for a new film which is never produced, but his constant involvement with his anima projections is most impressive and he concludes his “film” by forming his many projected anima figures into a living mandala, which allows Fellini to give birth to becoming a “whole man”.

I am sure that Carl Jung would have been very pleased with the projection. 

  The two emotionally connect.

The two emotionally connect.

“Shape of Water” presents a modern version of “Beauty and the Beast”, in which Beauty is a mute janitor Elisa and the Beast is an amphibious semi-human Fish-man. The Director Guillermo Del Toros, who is a Mexican and a Roman Catholic Christian, has aimed to “create a fairy tale for troubled times” and he has chosen 1962 and the Russian-American Cold War as its historical context. As a contemporary fairy tale, it is also an individuation story, which explores the powerful emotion of love.

This is not the sweet, romantic love which has the typical happy fairy-story ending but it is the deep and intense love which emerges and operates as an integral ingredient of this entire inter-species romantic and sexual encounter, in which the semi-human Beast does not transform into a fully-human Handsome Prince.

The ever-present and malleable water, which symbolises the depths of the human personal and collective unconscious, provides the way for the viewers of this film to explore the wider and deeper, collective dimensions of love and relationships within the various levels of human consciousness, awareness and experience.    

John will also compare the Jungian approach with three others, including the semiotic or sign-based, the psycho-analytic of Jacques Lacan and the Marxist approaches and he will present some quotes from Carl Jung about the importance of the symbolic life.

John will conclude with the thought that the cinema, with its film and projector, its screen for the projected images within an enclosed space and the outside world beyond the front door, reflects each human psyche, with its deep archetypal impulses, its projected images onto the external realm and the bad and good realities of our Planet Earth. Viewing these two films prior to this talk would be a very useful preparation for exploring their rich, archetypal contents.


John Noack has been a Member and on the Committee of the C.G.Jung Society since 1975 and he has been a former President and Speaker.

His occupations have included being a Lutheran clergy-person at Rainbow, Victoria, tutoring in Middle Eastern Studies at Melbourne University and teaching Social Studies and Religion at Trinity Grammar School in Kew, Victoria.

His interests have included developing a Progressive  Depth-Christianity, which is suitable for our current thinking in the 21st century.     

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