December 16-17, 1990: Laurens vander Post: Remembering Jung

Film: The World Within

The World Within is a new film presenting C. G. Jung in rare footage discussing the nature of the psyche and the development of wholeness in the inidividual. Emphasis is on the reality of the inner life of man, “the stream of moving images” we find when we look inward. In Jung’s words; “The images of the unconscious place a great responsibility upon a man. Failure to understand them or a shrinking of ethical responsibility deprives him of his wholeness and imposes a painful fragmentariness on his life.”

In the film we are given a glimpse inside Jung’s Red Book, the diary in which he described his dreams and fantasies. A generous portion of the film is given to the amazing and complex images found in Jung’s own paintings and sculptures. The stone tower in Bollingen, a retreat he designed and build for creative introversion, is itself a representation of Jung’s imagination at work over a period of years, answering in its architecture and mood the changing needs of his soul. Images from cultures the world over are also presented in paintings, sculptures and film clips to illustrate Jung’s point that iti is a necessity for human beings to relate consciously to a living myth. Myths are symbolic expressions, like dreams which give a context of meaning to the individual connecting one to the past, to the future, and to the larger framework of human society. 

There is a feeling of intimacy, immediacy and warmth in this handsome film which brings Jung in his own wisdom closer to the viewer than the printed page can. 

Playing with The World Within is the short film: Laurens Van Der Post: Remembering Jung. 

The World Within: C.G. Jung in His Own Words and Images