The Truman Show – Cinema of Active Imagination

This link to an article from Tony Kashani is for those who are getting all deep about the film.

“I am an orphan, alone; nevertheless I am found everywhere. I am one, but opposed to myself. I am youth and old man at one and the same time. I have known neither father nor mother, because I have had to be fetched out of the deep like a fish, or fell like a white stone from heaven. In woods and mountains I roam, but I am hidden in the innermost soul of man. I am mortal for everyone, yet I am not touched by the cycle of aeons.”

C.G. Jung

Seven years after its release The Truman Show (1998) resonates more than a cautionary tale. The Truman Show develops an omnipotent thesis of archetypes playing out their role despite materialist human efforts to construct artificial archetypes. The premise of this film is to send a message to active audiences that no matter how hard the powerful elite try to construct a reality for us, our souls will direct us to a path that is meant to be. This essay is a deconstruction of the film from an archetypal perspective, a perspective that rests on a backdrop of Jung and post-Jungian thinking. Here I posit cinema as a soul-making mediator for humanity… read more here.

You also may like this – The Truman Show and the Allegory of the Cave

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