Re-visiting a Lesser-Known Hitchcock Film

A screening with Cine-Club’s Philippe Spurrell

Sunday, January 22

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Cinéma de Sève

1400 de Maisonneuve W.

(Métro Guy-Concordia)

General Admission $8

Students/Seniors $6

A brief conversation will follow the film, animated by Philippe Spurrell and Murray Shugar of the Montreal Jung Society.


In 1831, Irishman Charles Adare travels to Australia to start a new life with the help of his cousin who has just been appointed governor. When he arrives he meets powerful landowner and ex-convict Sam Flusky, who wants to do a business deal with him. Whilst attending a dinner party at Flusky's house, Charles meets Flusky's wife Henrietta whom he had known as a child back in Ireland. Henrietta is an alcoholic and seems to be on the verge of madness.

    This was only the second film by Hitchcock to be made in colour. Because it was not as popular as most of his other works, it has unfortunately fallen into obscurity. This is a rare occasion to resurrect it and take a closer look to see just what a fine and misunderstood work it is. Inspired by the director’s film of the previous year, ROPE (1948), it contains quite a few long fluid takes under the guidance of legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff. The cast includes Michael Whiting, Joseph Cotton and Ingrid Bergman, who gives a stellar performance as the repressed and complex Henrietta.

      For this screening, a lovely 35mm print with French subtitles has been secured. It can now be viewed as it was when originally released in 1949.

      Under Capricorn is above all, like SPELLBOUND (where Bergman plays a psychoanalyst), VERTIGO or MARNIE, a film that reveals Hitchcock's fascination with the unconscious, repressed thoughts and psychological problems. This fascination is no doubt more profound and fundamental for him than crime or suspense. Here, the relationship between Henrietta and Charles allows him to explore trauma as catharsis or therapy. Because it was not the usual suspense thriller people had come to expect from Hitchcock and because Bergman was embroiled in a scandal with Roberto Rossellini at the  time, many viewers did not react well to it upon its initial release in 1949. However, it has since come to be regarded as one of Hitchcock's most important films by ardent supporters at Cahiers du Cinéma and by Peter Bogdanovitch, film historian and director of THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. To help us better understand this psychologically complex work, co-presenters The C.G. Jung Society of Montreal will be hosting a lively discussion afterwards.



Recovering the Soul:

Individuation in a Disindividuating World

A Lecture by Yvon Rivière of Montreal

Friday, February 10

7:30-10:00 p.m.

The John Molson School of Business

1450 rue Guy

(Metro Guy/Concordia)

Room MB 3.210

Members $12, Non-Members $15

Students/Senior Members $8


    In our previous talk with the Jung society, we wondered how, in a time of instant gratification, multitasking and virtual reality, there could still be a place for a long-term exercise of relationship and quiet exploration of the inner world called psychoanalysis.

    We will continue to explore some of the characteristics of the spirit of our time  (development of technology, increased speed and extension of space, loss of contact with body, nature and the unconscious ...) which transform us from inside. They bring rapid cultural, social and psychological changes. We will look at some of the possible psychological effects (restlessness, uprootedness, addictions, lack of limits, attention deficit, narcissism, loss of soul ...) that we can meet in our consulting rooms and in our everyday life.

     Where is our world going and what can we do about it?

    Starting from some of Jung's comments on the spirit of his time that are still relevant, we will try to explore the specificity of a Jungian approach to help recover the soul, gather what is scattered and reestablish a living connection with ourselves, others and the world.


Yvon Rivière is a Jungian analyst and a teaching member for the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. He has a private practice in Montreal. Born in France, he has a Ph.D in African literature from the University of Paris. He taught linguistics and literature and trained teachers for seventeen years in Nigeria, Kenya and Mexico.


Living More Fully in the Shadow of Mortality

A Lecture by James Hollis of Washington, D.C.

   Friday, March 17

7:30-10:00 p.m.

The John Molson School of Business

1450 rue Guy

(Metro Guy/Concordia)

Room MB1.210

Members $20, Non-Members $25

Students/Senior Members $15

For info and to register please call (514) 481-8664


Jung observed that “life is a short pause between two mysteries.” That fact is not in debate; what does matter, then, is how we live that short pause. Given that mortality frames our brief journey, how can we live more fully in its presence without being defined by morbidity, fear, and denial? What are the attitudes and practices that enable us to live more fully? And what psychological maturation brings us to experience this short pause as rich with meaning?


Living More Fully in the Shadow of Mortality:

Taking Your Life Back

A day-long training seminar with James Hollis

*With 5 CE Credits

This event is also open to the public.

Saturday, March 18

10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The John Molson School of Business

1450 rue Guy (Metro Guy/Concordia)

Room MB3.435

Members $80, Non-Members $100

Students/Senior Members $60

*PLUS $50 for 5 CE Credits

    OPQ number (RA01948-17)

For info and to register please call (514) 481-8664 

Jung observed that “life is a short pause between two mysteries.” That fact is not in debate; what does matter, then, is how we live that short pause. 

     Tiny, dependent, and at the mercy of the world around us, we all have to adapt, adjust, bury, deny, split-off and repress, and thereby lose contact with our own sovereignty and natural source of guidance. 

     Fears of aging and dying may underlie clinical presentations of anxiety and depression in ways that our clients do not consciously recognize and have difficulty thinking and speaking about. Both therapist and client may also be affected by cultural attitudes that impede mature reflection. Given that mortality frames each life, how can we live fully in its presence without being hampered by morbidity and denial? This seminar will consider what attitudes and practices can enable clients and therapists to live more fully while recognizing their mortality, to experience this "short pause" as rich with meaning.

This program/workshop will focus on twenty-one steps we may take during the second half of life toward the recovery of our personal journey.  


James Hollis, Ph. D., is a Zürich-trained Jungian analyst in practice in Washington, D. C. where he is also Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington. He is also the author of fourteen books translated into nineteen languages and the forthcoming Taking Back Your Life.


Imagine This! 

The Awesome Ingenuity of Active Imagination

A Reading Seminar

4 Thursdays in April

Wesley United Church

5964 Ave. Notre-Dame-de-Grace

$40 for the complete series

$12 per evening


Some say that we are witnessing the death of imagination. Jung thought that the psyche is essentially composed of images and creates reality every day.

     This poses some interesting questions. Does the unconscious reveal more than it conceals? Can we access these revelations? Can we consciously interact with these images from the unconscious?  How?  Is this the basis of all art, music, movement, writing therapies? Does Active Imagination heal?  Can it be manipulated by a charismatic leader like Trump or Gandhi?

      Join us as we ponder Active Imagination from the thoughts of C. G. Jung, Marie-Louise von Franz, Joan Chodorow, Henri Corbin, Michael Vannoy-Adams and possibly your own.




Mother Earth, Sacred Earth

An all-day event with various speakers

Featuring Mohawk Activist Ellen Gabriel

Saturday, April 29

10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Location: TBA

Members $60, Non-Members $70

Students/Senior Members $40


The degradation of our environment is the most significant issue of our time. Four speakers will address this topic. Drama therapist Rebekah Hart will talk about The Work that Reconnects, Joanna Macy’s creative, ritual-based approach to working with the pain we may feel for our world. Jungian analyst-in-training Artemis Papert will explore nature in dreams, myths and fairy tales. Nikki Schiebel, co-ordinator of Eco-Quartier NDG, will focus on practical steps we can take to protect the environment. Mohawk Activist Ellen Gabriel will close the day with her incisive comments on Mother Earth.




Paranoia, Society, and History

A lecture by Luigi Zoja of Milan, Italy

Friday, May 26

7:30-10:00 p.m.

The John Molson School of Business

1450 rue Guy (Metro Guy/Concordia)

Room TBA

Members $12, Non-Members $15

Students/Senior Members $8


While other forms of mental illness are far more immediate, such as the current plague of eating disorders, only paranoia can literally make history, as it did through Hitler and Stalin. It can take hold of events directly because, unlike much social pathology, it is contagious. Far from being individual, its dynamics are self-replicating, devouring entire societies.

     This fact stems from the rigid circularity of paranoia. Masquerading behind false logic, it is fatally attractive to simpler minds. It aims straight at its goal of destruction, and to the average person its impatience is far more seductive than any political, religious, or ideological discourse.

      Formerly paranoia relied on “spokesmen,” but now its chosen instrument is mass communication. The lecture will follow its development throughout history.


Luigi Zoja received his Diploma from the C.G. Jung Institute of Zürich. He has served as President of IAAP and held a clinical practice in Zürich, Milan, and New York before returning to practice again in Milan. He has lectured in Italy and abroad and was Visiting Professor at Beijing Normal University. Zoja is the author of numerous papers and books published in 15 languages.

Routledge will shortly be releasing Zoja’s newest book Paranoia: The Madness That Makes History.