Cinema: Rome, B.C., A.F.

If I had taken these fantasies of the unconscious as art, they would have carried no more conviction than visual perceptions, as if I were watching a movie.

—Carl Jung

There have been hundreds of Freudian films: Fellini Satyricon is probably the first—and certainly the most important—Jungian one. In the course of two hours and seven minutes, images, totems, and archetypes rise and burst like hydrogen sulfide bubbles from the marsh of the collective unconscious. The unsynchronized sound track has the timbre of racial memory, echoing some eternal dream time. The film's devices...

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