My Name Was Sabina Spielrein

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In 1977, the history of psychoanalysis was virtually rewritten with the discovery of a box of correspondences and diaries that had belonged to a noted, but largely unrecognized child psychologist named Sabina Spielrein. Filmmaker Elisabeth Márton attempts to shed some light on the highly influential psychoanalyst's life in the 2002 biographical documentary entitled Ich Heiss Sabina Spielrein (My Name Was Sabina Spielrein). As a young woman, the deeply troubled Spielrein left Russia for Zurich and eventually crossed paths with Carl Jung, becoming his first analysis patient at his famous Burgholzli clinic. Jung diagnosed and successfully treated her for hysteria, prompting the young Russian to go into medicine and eventually practice psychology as one of the first female members of Sigmund Freud's Psychoanalytical Society. Remaining in close contact with both of her mentors for a large portion of her life, Spielrein's influence on both men's psychoanalytical theories was relatively unknown until the aforementioned discovery of her letters and diaries. Ich Heiss Sabina Spielrein premiered in 2002, and was subsequently screened at a handful of English and German-language film festivals the following year. ~ Ryan Shriver, Rovi


Critic Reviews for My Name Was Sabina Spielrein

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  • Marton tells this romantic and tragic story economically and imaginatively.

    Mar 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • A fascinating historical tale is rendered with less than compelling results in this pseudo-documentary.

    Jan 5, 2006
  • The director Elisabeth Márton uses a trove of letters and diaries to tell the story of Sabina Spielrein, an important figure in the earliest days of psychoanalysis.

    Jan 3, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This evocative film is a poignant testament to the twin forces of love (however blighted) and the unconscious.

    Dec 28, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Hats off to Elisabeth Marton, who has taken a bunch of dry facts and fashioned them into the gorgeous My Name Was Sabina Spielrein.

    Dec 28, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • When the director sticks to the facts, with narration, letters and photos, she brings Spielrein back to her appropriate place in history, as an influential figure in her own right.

    Dec 28, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

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