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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

Writers:

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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Robert LaGuardia, in his 1988 biography of Montgomery Clift "Monty," claimed that director John Huston, who had paternalistic feelings towards Clift after directing the alcoholic and emotionally troubled actor in The Misfits (1961), became sadistic towards him during the troubled "Freud" shoot. Basing his charges on interviews with co-star Susannah York, LaGuardia claimed that Huston kept asking Clift about the Freudian concept of "represssion," obviously alluding to Clift's repressed homosexuality. Apparently, Huston himself could not broach the idea that Monty was gay in his own mind, but subconsciously, he reacted to Monty's homosexuality quite negatively. (Marilyn Monroe had admonished Monty not to work with Huston again, finding him a sadist on the "Misfits" set. Her ex-husband Arthur Miller, on the other hand, did not fault Huston in his autobiography "Timebends," but instead, marveled about how he kept his cool during the "Misfits" shoot, which was also troubled due to Marilyn Monroe's mental illness and frequent absences from the set.) Monty's biographer thought that Huston still had paternalistic feelings towards the actor, but was subconsciously appalled at his surrogate son's homosexuality; thus, he began to torture him on the set by insisting on unnecessary retakes and that he perform his own stunts, such as climbing up a rope. Despite Monty's many problems, he always proved a trouper, and gave as much as he could. 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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Alternate Versions

Originally prepared at 140 minutes; cut to 120 minutes for theatrical release. Some older TV prints still use the cut version; full-length version is now available on DVD in the UK (as of 2015 there has been no domestic Region 1 DVD release.) See more »

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Referenced in High Rise (1973) See more »

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MEMORABLE!
16 June 2003 | by vic-12See 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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