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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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John Huston

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Charles Kaufman (screenplay), Wolfgang Reinhardt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Montgomery Clift ... Sigmund Freud
Susannah York ... Cecily Koertner
Larry Parks ... Dr. Joseph Breuer
Susan Kohner ... Martha Freud
Eileen Herlie ... Frau Ida Koertner
Fernand Ledoux ... Dr. Charcot
David McCallum ... Carl von Schlosser
Rosalie Crutchley ... Frau Amalia Freud
David Kossoff ... Jacob Freud
Joseph Fürst ... Herr Jacob Koertner (as Joseph Furst)
Alexander Mango Alexander Mango ... Babinsky
Leonard Sachs Leonard Sachs ... Brouhardier
Eric Portman ... Dr. Theodore Meynert
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Storyline

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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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freud: The Secret Passion See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sylvia Kay was in the running for the role of Martha Freud. See more »

Quotes

Martha Freud: [speaking of Professor Meynert] He's dying, Sigi.
Sigmund Freud: How astonished he must be. He took himself for Jehovah.
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Referenced in El don de la duda (2006) See more »

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The stuff of which nightmares are made
26 April 2000 | by char-30See 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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