Freud

1962, Biography, 2h 20m

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John Huston's biopic of Sigmund Freud (Montgomery Clift) follows the progress of the father of psychoanalytical psychiatry as he develops the notion that neurosis stems from sexual repression. By treating patients with various issues, including a woman haunted by recurring dreams (Susannah York) and a man with an Oedipus complex (David McCallum), Freud experiences epiphanies that lead to the birth of modern analysis, despite the scorn his theories initially receive from his colleagues.

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Montgomery Clift
Sigmund Freud
Susannah York
Cecily Koertner
Larry Parks
Dr. Joseph Breuer
Susan Kohner
Martha Freud
Eileen Herlie
Frau Ida Koertner
David McCallum
Carl von Schlossen
David Kossoff
Jacob Freud
Joseph Fürst
Herr Jacob Koertner
Leonard Sachs
Brouhardier
Eric Portman
Dr. Theodore Meynert
Charles Kaufman
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  • Sep 14, 2009
    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...
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