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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.

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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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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…

An evocative, beautifully shot film about a little-known proto-feminist intellectual of the late 19th and early 20th century

April 19, 2018 | Full Review…

If [these men] were the ones history books wanted to highlight as geniuses, they would relegate Lou to "muse." But as [the film explains], nothing is further from the truth.

April 17, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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