Freud (1962)

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This pseudo-biographical movie depicts 5 years from 1885 on in the life of the Viennan psychologist Freud (1856-1939). At this time, most of his colleagues refuse to cure hysteric patients,... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frau Ida Koertner
Carl von Schlossen
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Frau Freud
David Kossoff ...
Joseph Fürst ...
Herr Jacob Koertner
Alexander Mango ...
Leonard Sachs ...
Eric Portman ...
Narrator (voice)
Victor Beaumont ...
Dr. Guber


This pseudo-biographical movie depicts 5 years from 1885 on in the life of the Viennan psychologist Freud (1856-1939). At this time, most of his colleagues refuse to cure hysteric patients, because they believe they're just simulating to gain attention. But Freud learns to use hypnosis to find out the reasons for the psychosis. His main patient is a young woman who refuses to drink water and is plagued by always the same nightmare. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

12 December 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Freud: The Secret Passion  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

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(theatrical) | (original)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The stuff of which nightmares are made
26 April 2000 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

The very underrated 1962 picture "Freud" shows again why its director John Huston was a masterful biographer and adapter of the works of others. As much as a movie is able to, he captures the slightly mad, intense world of psychoanalysis using its father as his dramatic subject. In fact, the film is a perfect and popular introduction into this the most personal of sciences. The film puts me in mind of Hitchcock's "Spellbound", Bergman's "Wild Strawberries", Lynch's "The Elephant Man" and Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" - all of which deal with the stuff of which nightmares are made.

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