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Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Audacity to Be Free2018

Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Audacity to Be Free (2018)



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Lou Andreas-Salomé, the woman who enraptured 19th century Europe's greatest minds, recounts her life to Ernst Pfeiffer in this German film directed by Cordula Kablitz-Post. A published novelist, poet and essayist, Salomé's desire to live a life free from convention scandalized society but spurred genius and passion in others, including Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Rée and her lover, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Under the tutelage of Sigmund Freud, she became the first female psychoanalyst.


Katharina Lorenz
as Lou Andreas-Salomé
Nicole Heesters
as Lou Andreas-Salomé 72 Jahre
Liv Lisa Fries
as Lou Andreas-Salomé, jung
Merab Ninidze
as Friedrich Carl Andreas
Alexander Scheer
as Friedrich Nietzsche
Matthias Lier
as Ernst Pfeiffer
Julius Feldmeier
as Rainer Maria Rilke
Philipp Hauß
as Paul Rée
Petra Morzé
as Lous Mutter
Harald Schrott
as Sigmund Freud
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Get past its cumbersome title and you'll find an absorbing, well-drawn biopic in "Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Audacity to Be Free," an intriguing look at how a Russian-born novelist, poet and avowed feminist became, reportedly, the first female psychoanalyst.

April 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Ms. Kablitz-Post's focus on Andreas-Salomé's suitors has the effect of chaining the early feminist's legacy to exactly the patriarchal conventions she claims to reject.

April 19, 2018 | Full Review…

An involving portrait of a feminist trailblazer.

April 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Lou Andreas-Salomé, The Audacity to Be Free is an awkward mouthful of a title, but this biographical study of a trailblazing nineteenth-century intellectual offers a worthwhile history lesson.

April 17, 2018 | Full Review…

In her feature debut, director and co-writer Cordula Kablitz-Post clearly decided that Andreas-Salomé, famed author, philosopher and psychoanalyst, needed to be treated not just with kid gloves, but with pristine laminated mitts...

April 13, 2018 | Full Review…

With its debatable style and didactic purpose, the film seems to confirm that Andreas-Salome is still cursed to be seen in what happens from the waist down. [Full Review in Spanish]

April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

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