Fairytale and Myth in Film
Steven Galipeau, M.A., M.Div.
Friday, April 11th, 2003
During the past two years we have seen an unusual abundance of films in the mythological and fairytale genre. In particular, with the appearance of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and Star Wars Episode II: The Attack of the Clones, we have witnessed an unprecedented number of films of mythic character that have captured our collective imagination. As all these films arrived in theaters after September 11th, there is a synchronistic aspect to their appearance given the apocalyptic fears and fantasies that have gripped many people's psyches. In each of these stories, a growing evil power would dominate the world in which the story is set. We will take glimpses of each of these films in order to explore the relevance of each story and its central characters to the journey of individuation in our times.
Steven Galipeau, M.A., M.Div., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Studio City. A faculty member and lecturer at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, he is the author of The Journey of Luke Skywalker: An Analysis of Modern Myth and Symbol.