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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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Larry Parks ...
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Frau Ida Koertner
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Carl von Schlossen
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Frau Freud
David Kossoff ...
Joseph Fürst ...
Herr Jacob Koertner
Alexander Mango ...
Babinsky
Leonard Sachs ...
Brouhardier
Eric Portman ...
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Victor Beaumont ...
Dr. Guber
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Storyline

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 <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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12 December 1962 (USA)  »

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Freud: The Secret Passion  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Montgomery Clift had so many health problems on the set of this film, that Universal sued him for the cost of the film's production delays. During the trial, the film opened and was such a huge hit that Clift's lawyers brought up the point that the film was doing well because of Clift's involvement. Clift won a lucrative settlement. See more »

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Narrator: Since ancient times there have been three great changes in man's idea of himself. Three major blows dealt us in our vanity. Before Copernicus, we thought we were the centre of the universe, that all the heavenly bodies revolved around our Earth. But the great astronomer shattered that conceit and we were forced to admit our planet is but one of many which swing around the sun, that there are other systems beyond our solar system in myriad worlds. Before Charles Darwin man believed he was a ...
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Atmospheric bio-flick
8 August 1998 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

John Huston does a great job telling the story of Freud's discovery of the subconscious and the Oedipus complex -- and turning the plot into a mystery -detective story.

Clift gives a sobering, troubled performance as Freud -- perhaps because Clift, like Freud, was haunted by his own demons.

The film is in black and white which is very effective, especially in the night and dream sequences. The music and atmosphere suggest vintage TWILIGHT ZONE. This is a fascinating film which reveals Freud in a new light and makes us look at ourselves also in a new light.


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