Fellini’s Imagination

October 24, 2009

Fellini sketch 

"For me the world of my imagination is always closer to the truth than is the truth." 

"If I wander around the world looking at things, it is only to reassure myself that the world I have invented is true."

Frederico Fellini (1920-1993)

Every issue of Life Magazine until the end of 1972 is available on Google Books for free. I did a search there for imagination and found this entry: From the July 30, 1971 issue of Life is an article by Dora Jane Hamblin on Frederico Fellini , the great Italian movie director. This piece is about the creation of his made-for-tv film, The Clowns. If you are familiar with his films you know how imaginative they are- perhaps some of the best examples of imagination in filmmaking. The Life magazine article has sketches made by Fellini as studies for this film.

Apparently, Fellini was greatly influenced the Jungian analyst Dr. Ernst Bernhard and by the autobiography of Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections. It seems that some of Jung's ideas influenced some of his important films– 81/2 (1963), Juliet of the Spirits (1965), Satyricon (1969), Casanova (1976), and City of Women (1980).


The Red Book

September 21, 2009


The September 16th, 2009, issue of the Sunday New York Times Magazine (you may need a subscription to view it online) has a cover story on a "new" book, The Red Book,
coming out by
Carl Jung, the famous Swiss psychologist. This is the first publication of the notes and art he made during his famous period of reclusivity at which time time he courageously delved deeply into his unconscious. Many have thought him to have been psychotic during this time but what I have read in Memories, Dreams, Reflections, his autobiography and what I have seen about this book in this article (it is not yet available to buy) he was far from that. It has been noted that many of the theories and techniques for which he is noted had their origins from the work he did during this time. One of these was the technique of active imagination, which I have written about here before, and which is widely used now in the form of guided imagery, a practice I hold particularly dear. The image above is one of the illustrations done by Jung for this book.

The availability of this book will, hopefully put to rest the view that he was out of his mind during this period. Even the meager views of the book one can see in the Times Magazine and on Amazon reveal the high degree of organization with which he recorded his experiences.

The publication of this book is cause for celebration for those of us who look to Jung for wisdom.


Red Book at Rubin

Here is another article on the publication of The Red Book from the Associated Press via Yahoo News with more details by Ula Ilnytzky. The original book will be shown at the Rubin Museum of Art  in New York, October 7 to January 25, 2010.

Also, I now see that the price for this 205 page, 8.8 pound book in German with English translation published by W. W. Norton & Company will be $195. That price actually doesn't seem too much for what you will get but you may want to know that it can be pre-purchased
at Amazon now for $105.30 and in stock on December 4. (The sales rank in Books at Amazon is 112 and its not even out yet!)