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An examination of Sigmund Freud's career when he began to treat patients diagnosed with hysteria, using the radical technique of hypnosis.

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Complete credited cast:
... Sigmund Freud
... Cecily Koertner
... Dr. Joseph Breuer
... Martha Freud
... Frau Ida Koertner
... Dr. Charcot
... Carl von Schlosser
... Frau Amalia Freud
... Jacob Freud
... Herr Jacob Koertner (as Joseph Furst)
Alexander Mango ... Babinsky
Leonard Sachs ... Brouhardier
... Dr. Theodore Meynert
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This pseudobiographical movie depicts five years from 1885 on in the life of the Viennese psychologist Sigmund 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 repeatedly by 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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MEMORABLE!
16 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film 40 years ago and see that no VHS is available,

which is a pity. It is much better than "The Young Freud" which has

recently been showing on PBS. It captures in some depth the

creativity and uniqueness of Freud's early discoveries, which were

amplified by him and others throughout the 20th century and into

the 21st. We see him doggedly and devotedly looking for the root

causes of a psychological illness which masqueraded as a

physical (neurological) illness for centuries. His discoveries,

stemming from this time, have greatly influenced modern thinking,

such that we call our times "The Age of Anxiety." They have led to

the appreciation of childhood sexuality and abuse and have taken

psychological abuse out from under the carpet, where these

pivotal events have been hidden for centuries. Freud was able to

see the classic appeal of the Greek tragedies and interpret why

they retain their power and are performed today, 3000 years later!


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