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Freud (1962)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 12 December 1962 (USA)
An examination of Czech-Austrian psychologist Sigmund Freud's career when he began to treat patients diagnosed with hysteria, using the radical technique of hypnosis.

Director:

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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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 ... Brouhardier
Eric Portman ... Dr. Theodore Meynert
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This pseudo biographical movie depicts five years from 1885 on in the life of the Czech-Austrian 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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Stella Bonheur was thought suitable for the role of Frau Bernays. 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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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 »

Connections

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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,388
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Production Co:

Bavaria Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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