chapter
Introduction
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While the work of Freudian influenced theorists dominates psychological approaches to film analysis, few studies draw on the work of Freud’s colleague and later rival Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961). Mis/takes is an attempt to do something about this. It’s a way of saying, let’s put Freud and the postFreudians to bed for a minute, and go to the other/another side – for some, the dark side. Using Jung’s ideas on unconscious processes to examine the way that identity is disrupted and developed in contemporary film and television involves drawing on the core archetypal patterns central to his understanding of the psyche and mythology. As interconnecting energies that merge with and borrow from each other, archetypes rarely operate as pure or undiluted things-in-themselves. Each part of Mis/takes artificially disentangles these motifs, bringing one or more forward for scrutiny. But in trying to approach and grapple with the import of archetypes in this way, it’s still impossible to avoid referring to a number of impacting auxiliary patterns, symbols and mythic themes.