Jesus Christ and Billy the Kid As Archetypes of the Self in American Cinema (Essay)
Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 2010, Spring, 22, 1
Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
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Introduction  In recent years, there has been an increasing "revitalised interest" in Jungian psychoanalytical method based on the concept of cinema as a collective experience, especially in the fields of literature and cultural studies, such as "post-Jungian" film analysis. (1) Hauke and Alister argue that watching a film in a cinema is an experience "set apart" from daily life, "in a dark place dedicated to this purpose ... where psyche can come alive, be experienced and be commented upon." (2) The art of cinema has technologically transformed the mystical luminous experience of rituals into luminous screen images of archetypal heroes and narratives, invested with symbols of mechanically reproduced dreams. (3) Films are based on collective myths and legends, narrated in a Celluloid Church. Through this medium, the auteur director controls the aesthetical world of the audience's cosmos, taking the role of the charismatic prophet of a whole generation. Through his eyes, the visual metaphors of a film can transform each viewer from within, and at the same time, establish, reproduce, and critically reflect upon the collective consciousness of the viewers' understanding of "society" as a whole, and more specifically, of the film industry that produces them.
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- Categoria: Religione e spiritualità
- Pubblicato: 22/03/2010
- Editore: Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
- Pagine: 43
- Lingua: Inglese