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 four-part reading seminar


Thursdays: April 6, 13, 20, 27                    
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Wesley United Church
5964 Ave. Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
$40 for the complete series
$12 per evening




For info and to obtain readings please call

(514) 481-8664


April 6
Creative Arts and Imaginal Love
C. G. Jung discovered active imagination through the rediscovery of symbolic play in the years 1913-16 during his own crisis that followed his break with Sigmund Freud.          Joan Chodorow, an analyst in the San Francisco area and a registered dance therapist, argues that all the creative art psychotherapies can trace their roots to this. We’ll look at the introduction to her anthology of Jung’s writings on active imagination.
     Tom Cheetham is the author of five books on the imagination in psychology, religion and the arts, and one book of poems. He is an adjunct professor of human ecology at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. He is enthusiastic about the work of Henry Corbin, the scholar of Islam, and James Hilllman, the founder of analytical psychology. Cheetham has been called “a rogue scholar of the imagination in esoteric Islam.”
Harvey Shepherd is co-president of the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal and a freelance journalist.
April 13
Ways To Do Active Imagination
We will look at the Four-Step Approach to Active Imagination that Robert A. Johnson uses in his book Inner Work. In Naomi Ruth Lowinsky’s book, The Sister From Below, we see how a Jungian analyst and poet uses active imagination to dialogue with inner characters, e.g. Sappho, in the creation of her poetry.
      We will conclude with a brief experience of Active Imagination ourselves … (no pressure on anyone who doesn’t  “get into it”).

Carole TenBrink is now retired from college teaching and devotes herself to writing and performing poetry and story. It’s all inner exploration, going deeper, going to the Bigger Land.

April 20
Dialoguing with the Unconscious Through Active Imagination
Marie-Louise von Franz and Gerhard Adler were contemporaries of Jung and count amongst his greatest collaborators. 
      A few pages from von Franz's C. G. Jung: His Myth in Our Time provide her understanding of what Jung meant by “active imagination.”
      As difficult as it is to do justice to Jung's process of individuation and the role that active imagination can play in it, these few excerpts from Adler's The Living Symbol hint at the wealth of material it contains.
Roman Rogulski is a member of the C. G. Jung Society of Montréal and its planning committee. He has a lifelong fascination for Psyche, Soul and wisdom teachings, and for the past few decades, a passion for Jung's psychology.
April 27
From Russia with Love
Michael Vannoy Adams became a Jungian analyst for love of the imagination. His journey back to this love followed a circuitous path through Marcuse, Brown, Freud, Melville, Jung, Raine, Blake and Hillman on to his own thought and practice.
      In one of three lectures Adams gave in Moscow in 2011 on active imagination and the mythical unconscious, he emphasized the “active” and interactive qualities of this method. 
      We will read two extraordinary transcripts of one woman’s active imaginations that allow us to feel as privileged as he does to be privy to the imagination of another.

      Patricia Coon is a member of the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal Planning Committee.



 Mother Earth, Sacred Earth

An All-Day Seminar

Saturday, April 29
10:00 a.m.-16:00 p.m.
The John Molson School of Business
Room MB 3.435
1450 rue Guy (Metro Guy/Concordia)
Members $70
Non-Members $90
Students/Senior Members $50

For info please call (514) 481-8664

10:15-11:00 a.m.
Despair & Empowerment:
Joanna Macy's "Work that Reconnects" as Eco-psychology Practice
How can psychotherapy practice address feelings clients carry about the state of the world?  The Work that Reconnects offers a creative, ritual-based approach to working with pain for our world in a group context. Drawing on deep ecology, systems theory and engaged Buddhism, this approach builds motivation, creativity, courage and solidarity to act for a just and sustainable world.
Rebekah Hart is a drama therapist and facilitator of Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects. She has offered workshops, community circles and mentorship in this Work for over fifteen years. Rebekah integrates somatic, creative, social justice and systems-based approaches in her work with individuals, groups, couples and families.
11:15-12:00 p.m.
Nature in Dreams, Myths and Fairy Tales
Rivers carry abandoned babies to safety. Heroes and heroines make long and arduous journeys. Sleeping Beauty slept for one hundred years in a castle, hidden behind thick vegetation. Rapunzel and her prince found each other after an ordeal through forest and wilderness. Wise and friendly animals are also encountered on the journey. In this presentation we will explore the role of nature in fairy tales and what it can teach us psychologically.
Artemis Papert is a Shiatsu practitioner and is in training to be a Jungian analyst.
1:15-2:00 p.m.
Protecting the Environment:
A Practical Approach
Many of us are so divorced from nature that we forget the impact of our everyday actions. We sometimes feel disconnected and struggle to find meaning through distraction and over-consumption, unable to recognize what is lacking in our lives.
This presentation will focus on practical steps that each of us can take to protect the environment. Participants will be offered a number of practical strategies to reduce their environmental impact. We will discuss ways in which residents can work together to reconnect to nature, to each other and to our communities.
Nikki Schiebel, B.Sc., MA. became interested in the environment after realizing just how wasteful the fashion industry can be. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology and then a master’s degree in Environmental Education.
She has been the coordinator of the Eco-Quartier NDG for the last ten years. Nikki finds that this work allows her to see firsthand the changes that people make in their lives to affect their environment in a positive way.
2:15-3:00 p.m.
Protecting Mother Earth
Ellen Gabriel is passionate about educating others about the impact of climate change on our world. She feels we need to “wake up and realize that business as usual is threatening the health and well-being not just of the planet but of all people,” and especially those who are marginalized.

Ellen Gabriel is a Mohawk human rights activist and artist. For the past 22 years she has worked diligently to sensitize the public, academics, policing authorities and politicians on the history, culture and identity of Indigenous peoples.
3:15-4:00 p.m.
Discussion with all four participants and
the audience.


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 MB3.210
Members $12
Non-Members $15
Students/Senior Members $8


From the solitude of Sophocles’s Ajax to the sickness of Shakespeare’s Othello, and from Cain to George Bush, Jr., this lecture reconstructs the emblematic arguments that paranoia has promoted in Western history. Paranoia runs away with itself, but also with our history, unless we understand history, tragic literature, and depth psychology. 
      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.
     Modern mass communication has endowed collective paranoia with an amplifying and even more self-feeding power.
     This lecture will follow the development of paranoia throughout history.

Luigi Zoja, Ph.D. is a former training analyst of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich and past-president of IAAP (International Association for Analytical Psychology). He has had clinical practices in Zürich, Milan, New York and again in Milan. He is the author of numerous papers and books, published in fifteen languages.
        Paranoia: The Madness that Makes History (Routledge) was just released in March 2017.