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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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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det fördolda See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Huston wanted Marilyn Monroe to play the role of Cecily but Freud's daughter, Anna Freud, expressed her unhappiness about having members of her family being portrayed on film. This gave Monroe the opt-out she was looking for as she had no desire with Huston again. See more »

Quotes

Sigmund Freud: [when Dr. Breuer is the only one to shake hands with him after he has presented a controversial theory] You're not afraid to touch the leper?
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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 The Beast Within: The Making of 'Alien' (2003) See more »

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a strange collaboration
25 August 2011 | by cteavin-1See all my reviews

I found this film by accident. A happy one? Montgomery Cliff, John Huston, Jean-Paul Sartre and an image of Marilyn Monroe are purposely put together though it comes across as accidental.

On the plus, it is educational to see how something mainstream presents material which should be avant guard. The dream sequences are interesting for that reason as the film would have been much better if they pushed the envelope. Instead, the film maintains a balance in the imaginings of what an Oedipal Complex were, of what dreams are like, and, I suppose, the images are as developed as they could be for 1960's America. For that reason I recommend it: The film is a bit of time capsule in how films were made.

Against the film, the pacing is unnecessarily slow and the acting is wooden or melodramatic for todays audience. The dialogue presents the Freud's ideas with ease but there 's no art in the language.


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