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Secrets of a Soul (1926)

Geheimnisse einer Seele (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 19 February 2008 (USA)
A scientist is tormented by an irrational fear of knives and the irresistible compulsion to murder his wife.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Werner Krauss ... Martin Fellman
Ruth Weyher ... Seine frau
Ilka Grüning ... Die mutter
Jack Trevor ... Erich
Pavel Pavlov Pavel Pavlov ... Dr. Orth (as Pawel Pawloff)
Hertha von Walther Hertha von Walther ... Fellmans Assistentin
Renate Brausewetter Renate Brausewetter ... Dienstmaedchen
Colin Ross 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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Drama

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

19 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secrets of a Soul See more »

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Neumann-Filmproduktion See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Considered the first film in which psychoanalysis serves as the main theme. See more »

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Featured in Sergei Eisenstein: Autobiography (1996) See more »

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Freud and Horror
2 June 2008 | by zolaaarSee 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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