Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Audacity to Be Free 2018

Lou Andreas-Salomé, the Audacity to Be Free

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Psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salomé helps a young Ernst Pfeiffer write the story of her life.

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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…

    Jay Weissberg

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  • Though enjoyable, it distracts from the magnitude of Salomé's accomplishments. Still, perhaps it can serve a purpose, if it attracts younger audiences to a seminal intellectual and feminist figure who deserves a closer look.

    February 12, 2020 | Full Review…

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