Freud (1962)

Freud

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Filmed in Germany by American director John Huston, Freud is a sincerely felt but overly simplistic biopic of the pioneering psychotherapist. The brooding, introspective Montgomery Clift was a curious choice for the role of Sigmund Freud; at times he looks more off the beam than some of his patients (his comic-opera Viennese accent doesn't add to the credibility). The screenplay takes the shape of a detective mystery, attempting to link various crises in Freud's private and professional life … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Charles S. Kaufman, Wolfgang Reinhardt
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Universal Pictures

Cast


as Sigmund Freud

as Cecily Koertner

as Dr. Joseph Breuer

as Martha Freud

as Dr. Theodore Meynert

as Frau Ida Koertner

as Professor Charcot

as Carl von Schlosser

as Frau Freud

as Jacob Freud

as Jacob Koertner

as Nora Wimmer

as Mitzi Freud

as Babinsky

as Brouhardier

as Narrator

as Dr. Gruber

as Student Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Freud

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

While in different hands (Orson Welles's, for instance) these radical themes could have inspired more hallucinatory, probing, and inward images, Huston nonetheless evokes an apt sense of wonder, admiration, and awe.

Full Review… | December 15, 2014
New Yorker
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Chicago Reader
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Time Out
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A sincere and competent biopic on the early years of Dr. Sigmund Freud.

Full Review… | March 22, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Freud

The idea of making a film about Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the legendary founder of psychoanalysis, is not immediately attractive.

The film is a great drama, but closet drama, in which most of the action takes place within the mind. The question is how to translate this action into a viable script that would produce a film from which audiences would not flee?

Film makers discovered three ways to make the tragicomedy of Freud's heroic years filmworthy. First, they depict Freud thinking to himself as he stalks around Vienna at night, in top hat and overcoat. This technique of dramatizing historic though processes led them to have Montgomery Clift, who portrays Freud, do a great deal of staring.

What Freud does relatively well is depict a brilliant man's search--even though his discoveries, like Charcot's treatments of hysterics, come a bit too easily and too casually.

However, for anyone eager to establish a useful timetable of early psychoanalysis, a good biography remains indispensable...

merlynsprankling
Cinema Films

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