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Sigmund Freud: Analysis of a Mind (9 Aug. 1996)

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The life and work of the great and influential psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), is examined. Archive footage of Freud and a unique sound recording of his voice are included.

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Sigmund Freud ...
Himself (archive footage)
Jack Perkins ...
Himself - Host
Joe Aguayo ...
Himself - Psychologist, Historian
Harold P. Blum ...
Himself - Executive Director, The Sigmund Freud Archives (as Harold P. Blum M.D.)
Leo Rangell ...
Himself - Psychoanalyst (as Leo Rangell M.D.)
Judith M. Hughes ...
Herself - Author
Morton Hunt ...
Himself - Author
Walter Freud ...
Himself - Sigmund Freud's Grandson
Sophie Freud ...
Herself - Sigmund Freud's Granddaughter
...
Herself - Author
Anna Freud ...
Herself - Sigmund Freud's Daughter (archive footage)
Martha Freud ...
Herself - Sigmund Freud's Wife (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
Edmund Engelman ...
Himself - Photographer
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The life and work of the great and influential psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), is examined. The documentary begins with his confusing childhood. His mother was his much older father's third wife; and he had half-brothers old enough to be his father. Freud was the golden child of the family who knew he was destined for greatness. As a young Jewish man, his hopes of becoming a research scientist were thwarted by the day's antisemitism. Instead, he became a doctor, a specialist in hysteria. His early experiments with hypnosis and cocaine as treatments yielded to what was called "the talking cure", the basis for psychoanalysis. The documentary details the ups and downs of Freud's career. Ridicule and outrage initially greeted the Victorian-age Freud and his ideas regarding the sex life of children. Eventually, his fame and reputation grew to mythological proportions, leading the public to believe he was the leading expert on love and romance. The viewer witnesses the rise of ... Written by J. Spurlin

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Mis-titled and tries to do to much in a short amount of time
3 January 2006 | by (NYC, London and Berkshire, Mass.) – See all my reviews

It's quite difficult to give much of a summary of a life and work as complex as Freud in 50 minutes. This documentary does a decent job of giving a quick overview of major events in his life. It seems to spend the longest part on two aspects of Freud, that while interesting, were actually not that important to his work. First was his interest in cocaine and the work he did to promote the use of the drug. The second, was the way that anti-semitism and the rise of Nazism in Germany and Austria forced him to leave for England.

Overall, this is a decent biography but it's is more about the life of Freud than any of his work. I feel that the title is a bit misleading in that "Analysis of a Mind" makes you think it will either provide an analysis of Freud himself or teach you something about how analysis works. It does neither, but instead gives an interesting account of events in Freud's life.


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