|Ensemble of Stars - Contagion|
|Paltrow - Photo Just Jared|
|Al Pacino & Jessica Chastain|
After Pacino encountered Jessica Chastain, he knew he had found the perfect Salome, and could make the film before the word got out and made her into a star -- which, of course, is exactly what has happened. Madonna presented Chastain with the 2011 Gucci Award for Women in Cinema at the Hotel Cipriani on Friday. Chastain is gorgeous, and said that Pacino was her "Acting Godfather." Pacino is also here at the 68th Venice International Film Festival to accept the Jaeger-
|Carl Jung whips Sabina Spielrein in A DANGEROUS METHOD|
Drawn from true-life events, A DANGEROUS METHOD takes a glimpse into the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein, the troubled but beautiful young woman who comes between them.
In the film, Jung breaks a solid rule and has sex with one of his patients, the highly-intelligent Sabina Spielrein played by Keira Knightley, who arrives writhing and screaming into the institution where Jung works. Memories of a violent father make Sabina horny. Sabina likes to be tied to the bed and whipped with a belt, and Jung obliges. Then they analyze why they are compelled to behave in such a fashion. When a married, guilt-ridden Jung decides to end the relationship, Sabina tells Freud, played by Viggo Mortensen. Jung lies; Sabina forces Jung to tell Freud the truth; Freud is disillusioned with Jung and admires Sabina.
In the film, Sabina is credited with discovering some of Jung's most important theories -- for example, the animus (male part inside the female) and anima (female part inside the male)-- which makes sense. In addition, it was Sabina -- and she wrote a dissertation about it -- who said the sexual urge was not an instinct of destruction, but an instinct of transformation. To me, it felt like something was missing in the history of Carl Jung, and Sabina Spielrein provides the answer. Jung, of course, felt that Freud was wrong to reduce everything to sex and went off in a much more mystical direction. I am firmly in Jung's camp, and doubt that he could have arrived where he did without the influence of Sabina Spielrein.
|Carey Mulligan & Michael Fassbinder in Steve McQueen's SHAME|
At the press conference, Steve McQueen said he thought SHAME was a political film and that all of our lives had been changed by the violence present in the world today; that humanity is reacting by excessively and compulsively turning to alcohol, gambling, drugs, and food.
In my opinion, the world is being deliberately manipulated in that direction. By sending women to war and allowing them to do other masculine jobs, we are generating too much animus into the female animal. In addition, men are being programmed away from their anima, or the female energy inside themselves. That Brandon cannot even get an erection after dating Marianne, a "real" woman (played by Nicole Beharie) is a sad, disturbing reflection on the times in which we live.
|Jung & Spielrein|
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