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Geheimnisse einer Seele (1926)

 -  Drama  -  19 February 2008 (USA)
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A scientist is tormented by an irrational fear of knives and the irresistible compulsion to murder his wife.

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A scientist is tormented by an irrational fear of knives and the irresistible compulsion to murder his wife.

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Unable to convince Sigmund Freud to serve as a consultant, producer Hans Neumann still tried to achieve the approval of the psychoanalytic community. Karl Abraham, part of Freud's inner circle and the President of the International Association of Psychoanalysis, was hired as the chief consultant for the project and promised 10% of the film's profit. Abraham tried, quite unsuccessfully, to convince Freud to endorse the project. The film caused a major rift in their friendship, which was never fully mended. Abraham died of cancer on Christmas Day 1925, before the film's release. See more »

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Freud and Horror
2 June 2008 | by (Berlin, GER) – See all my reviews

This film appears to be a relative to the common horror film and beautifully carves out its closeness to the psychoanalysis: Everyone who's busy with that genre can benefit from the Pabst film. It becomes pretty obvious during the insane and worth seeing dream sequences which foreshadows an Andalusian dog shot three years later. In a period of several minutes they form a phantasmagoric island within the film, which is continually reverted to during the analytic situations. An aesthetic experience of an unique quality, tremendously powerful in its imagery. But on the whole, the film has the effect of being too reduced, even perhaps reducing, too trimmed and too coarse in respect of content.


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