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Secrets of a Soul (1926)

Geheimnisse einer Seele (original title)
A scientist is tormented by an irrational fear of knives and the irresistible compulsion to murder his wife.
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Martin Fellman
Ruth Weyher ...
Seine frau
Ilka Grüning ...
Die mutter
Jack Trevor ...
Erich
Pavel Pavlov ...
Dr. Orth (as Pawel Pawloff)
Hertha von Walther ...
Fellmans Assistentin
Renate Brausewetter ...
Dienstmaedchen
Colin Ross ...
Kriminalkommissar
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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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Ufa Studios incorrectly announced Sigmund Freud's approval of the project, sparking rumors and stories from Vienna to New York. The New York Times reported on July 26, 1925 that "Psychoanalysis will be popularly explained through a screen filming which will be passed upon and partly directed by Professor Freud." Freud, so angered by the incorrect announcement, demanded retractions in several newspapers and publications, and even paid for a second notice to be printed in some. 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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