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Freud

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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
Charles Kaufman
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Critic Reviews for Freud

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  • 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.

    December 15, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Huston seems inhibited rather than inspired by [the material]: his energy bottled up and his camera forced to a standstill by careful compositions.

    February 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • I cannot imagine why director John Huston decided that the painful mumble and glassy stare of Hollywood's Montgomery Clift made him suitable to portray the Viennese father of psychiatry.

    October 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The process of building the biopic that sums up five fundamental years in the life of the father of psychoanalysis in just two hours of footage was an arduous and extremely complex work. [Full Review in Spanish]

    September 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Montgomery Clift is all wrong as Freud... in general he seems defensive and helpless, just the opposite of the hard customer the young Freud must have been

    August 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A sincere and competent biopic on the early years of Dr. Sigmund Freud.

    March 22, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Freud

  • 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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