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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Glenbridge Publishing Ltd.; 1St Edition edition (September 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944435556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944435557
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Read E-Motion Picture Magic and you will never watch movies the same way again." -- Frank G. Sommers, M.D., FRCPC

Birgit Wolz’s innovative E-Motion Picture Magic guides you. . . throwing in generous doses of fun as well." -- Elayne Savage, Ph.D.

About the Author

Dr. Birgit Wolz’s love for motion pictures led her to a psychotherapy practice using the power of movies as an adjunct to traditional therapeutic methods in her work with individual clients, couples, and groups.

Dr. Wolz has published articles on this subject in numerous periodicals and journals including the International Academy of Family Psychology, The Therapist, and Viewpoint. She is in demand for media interviews and presents workshops worldwide. Her popular web site is widely recognized as being the most accessible and all-encompassing site on the subject of cinema therapy. She writes a column for The Therapist on therapeutic movie reviews and has served as a visiting faculty member at JFK University in Pleasant Hill, California.


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Birgit Wolz was born in Germany and has lived in the United States since 1989. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Universitat Berlin, Germany, and an MA in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, California.

She has a psychotherapy practice in Oakland, California. Her love for motion pictures led her to start using the power of movies as an adjunct to traditional therapeutic methods in her work with individual clients, couples, and groups.

Dr. Wolz has published articles on this subject in many periodicals and journals and is in demand for media interviews. She presents workshops worldwide to psychotherapists as well as to the general public. She writes a column for The Therapist on therapeutic movie reviews and has served as a faculty member at JFK University in Pleasant Hill, CA as well as at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA.

She lives with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Her popular Web site, www.cinematherapy.com, is widely recognized as being the most accessible and all-encompassing site on cinema therapy.

Dr. Wolz can be reached by email at bwolz@earthlink.net.


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I thought E-Motion Picture Magic was very straightforward and explained well.
P. Greenberg
It provides a great perspective in discussing interpersonal issues in a way which can help depersonalize conflict and promote healthy discussion.
Douglas Baumoel
We can use the plot's solution to problems to guide us to a path more satisfying to our own needs.
Stephen B. Sloane

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christine A. Ratliff on April 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
German-born Birgit Wolz has had a long-time love affair with movies. As a young girl in Germany, she fondly remembers going to a movie with her grandfather as her first big adventure. "I was absolutely fascinated. For the first time, I experienced being engrossed in a bigger-than-life experience, the colors, the sounds and the story of a big screen motion picture."

This passion for movies sustained Wolz throughout the ups and downs of her young life, eventually overflowing into her professional life as well. "My personal interest turned professional after I began my career as a psychotherapist and first learned about the technique of using movies as a tool for psychological healing and personal growth."

Later, Wolz faced several significant losses, including a serious, disabling illness. "After a time, it became clear that I would live, but the question still remained as to how I would live," she writes. "I learned through this shocking wake-up call that I could never take anything for granted. All possibility of reaching the goals to which I had previously aspired seemed to evaporate. Relationships changed dramatically. My future suddenly appeared a complete blank."

Again, Wolz turned to movies. "During this time, certain kinds of movies seemed amazingly helpful, even transformative. I noticed with surprise that I started crying uncontrollably whenever I saw films that showed characters in tragic experiences. I made a point of going to movie theaters by myself and sitting in the last row. In the protective darkness of this environment all the blocked up tears started flowing in response to watching the characters' pain.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Kahn on December 26, 2004
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I am a psychotherapist and use movies with individual clients as well as groups. E-Motion Picture Magic is well written and user friendly. Ms. Wolz does a nice job of offering both theory and practical information. I particularly like her sections on using movies to release negative beliefs and her exercises that help the reader increase self-awareness by noticing reactions to film characters. Last, but certainly not least, I really appreciate, and have already used, her thorough film index. I will refer to this book often.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robin Raniero on May 16, 2005
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As a psychotherapist I find Birgit Wolz's book to be helpful. I work mostly with teenagers and have found that both music and movies have been the most important ways to reach them. E-Motion Picture Magic offers not only a well written base of theory into the idea of cinema therapy, but provides the reader with a marvelous movie index that can be easily looked at based on the topic needs. Teenagers struggles often with the ability to express their inner selves, but quite easily talk about the plight of others. Movies and their characters provide a safe environment for teens to express their needs. The tools that Birgit Wolz provides in her book enable the therapist to more skillfully navigate with both groups and individuals. I fully intend on maintaining this book as a great guide in my practice.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. Sloane on November 30, 2004
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Self-help and pop psychology books have been around for a long time. Most of them that I have read help neither myself nor my understanding of human behavior. But Birgit Wolz's E- Motion Picture Magic is not your everyday self-help guide , nor is it pop psychology. It is a fantastic guide to solving emotional problems by interacting with the stories and characters portrayed on the silver screen. We know that movies are entertaining. But now we know they can also be therapeutic.

Doctor Wolz helps us to understand the reality of our own lives and to discern the path to happier lives by showing us how to use the reel of film that is projected onto the big white screen (or the little screen on our DVD/VCR/TV) to more effectively comprehend the reel in our heads that is often hidden from what we we perceive as reality. By interacting with movies and using what Wolz calls "conscious awareness" we place ourselves right into the story. By watching the behavior and attitude of the characters we can get inside their skin . It is in this way that without taking the risks of real world experimentation (or even the real world expense of psychotherapy) we can use the movie story to discern the meaning of our own story. We can use the problems of the characters to bring our own problems into the light of day. We can use the plot's solution to problems to guide us to a path more satisfying to our own needs.

Most useful are the straight forward exercises the author suggests by asking us, for example , to remember a time in our lives that we faced problems and dilemmas similar to those portrayed on the screen, to focus on the ways that the story enlightens the actors concerning particular problems, and to ask ourselves how the characters master challenges successfully.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Greenberg on June 5, 2005
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I thought E-Motion Picture Magic was very straightforward and explained well. My movie watching experience has been enhanced tremendously thanks to the teaching in this book. Near the end of the book I had this urge to run and start a movie group.

I was very happy that Dr. Wolz did the detailed exercise using a movie I had actually seen. It helped me to follow the exercise better and experience the benefits. The movie index at the back of the book is very useful, especially if you are looking for movies that address specific issues you wish to explore.
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