Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Audacity to Be Free

2018

Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Audacity to Be Free

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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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  • 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.

    Apr 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.

    Apr 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • An involving portrait of a feminist trailblazer.

    Apr 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.

    Apr 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...

    Apr 13, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jay Weissberg

    Variety
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  • A gentle score and soft, dreamy flashbacks give this film the feel of a period romance, though the story's loyalty to Lou's own obstinate personality ultimately makes it a fascinating character study.

    Aug 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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