Public Programs: Fall 2015

Sunday, October 18, 2015; 10:00AM - 01:00PM

Looking at Movies through a Jungian Lens

Presented by Arlene Landau, Ph.D., Victoria Moreno, M.A., Judith Hecker, Ph.D. - Cancelled

Presented by Arlene Landau
White God (2014) directed and co written by Hungarian filmmaker Kornél Mundruczó. Part myth, part fairy tale, part political fable, and part horror story, White God is a most unusual film, fierce and beautiful. The film includes moving spiritual moments, charm, and violence—not for the tender of heart.

Blue Jasmine (2013), directed by Woody Allen, written by Woody Allen. Blue Jasmine not only portrays a lost, tragicomic woman, but the greed, lies, corruption, and lack of love of today (and perhaps all days).

Presented by Victoria Moreno
Lars von Trier's film looks deeply into the roots of Western culture's ambivalent attitude towards feminine instinctually. Sexual addiction is the prima materia from which the main character, Jo, struggles to extract an essential element of her feminine soul. A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Jo's longing for wholeness is the unconscious driving force that leads her on a journey down into a dark, punishing, sexual underworld.

Judith Hecker, Ph.D.
In the Wes Anderson film The Grand Budapest Hotel a fictional 1930’s hotel in a fictional central European nation becomes a microcosm in which the themes of love, loss, greed, and revenge are played out in the form of a cheerful tale. We will examine the film with attention to the layers of its psychological functioning, including the archetypal patterns and processes which operate to convey the story and their relevance to clinical practice. The filmmaker's ability to induce a kind of liminal state in the viewer will be explored as a means of understanding Jungian ideas about myths, stories, fairy tales, and patterns of the soul.

Course Objectives:

  • Define a Jungian archetypal approach to cinema.
  • Describe what is meant by feminine instinctually.
  • Describe how to analyze this film in terms of psychological themes.

Arlene Diane Landau, Ph.D. is a Diplomate Senior Jungian analyst. Dr. Landau has been a certified Jungian analyst for 20 years and a psychotherapist for 29 years. As a mythology scholar, she has provided an archetypal analysis of the novels of Thomas Hardy. Dr. Landau holds a bachelor's degree in fine art, master's degrees in psychology and mythological studies, and a Ph.D. in mythological studies. She has lectured internationally. She is the film editor for Psychological Perspectives and the author of Tragic Beauty, The Dark Side of Venus Aphrodite and The Loss and Regeneration of Soul. Dr. Landau has been active in the teaching, analysis, and evaluation of candidates in training to become Jungian analysts. Her interests include, literature, theater, and film. She is in private practice in Pacific Palisades.

Victoria Moreno, M.A., M.F.T., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Beverly Hills, California. A former Board Member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, she has also served on numerous evaluative committees for their training program. She has taught and lectured on the vital task of redeeming the Feminine Principal in our times.

Judith Hecker, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and a clinical psychologist with a private practice in West Los Angeles. She has taught at Pacifica Graduate Institute, the California Graduate Institute, the Geffen Medical School at UCLA, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and is a former supervisor and Associate Director of the CGI Counseling Center and the Chicago School Clinic in Westwood.


Pre-registered: $45.00 | At Door: $50.00
Continuing Education: 3 CE credits available, see Continuing Education page
Location: C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, Lecture Room, see Contact Us page

Pre-registration (recommended) until 5:00pm of the lecture day for evening lectures; or Friday, 5:00pm for week-end workshops. At Door fee applies after.