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Freud (1962)

Rating:No Rating
Release Date:December 12, 1962
Running time:140 minutes
Cast:Montgomery Clift, Susannah York, Larry Parks, Susan Kohner, Eileen Herlie
Director:John Huston
Producer:Wolfgang Reinhardt
Writer:Charles Kaufman, Wolfgang Reinhardt
Distributor:Universal Pictures

Description: Filmed in Germany by American director John Huston, Freud is a sincerely felt but overly simplistic biopic of the pioneering psychotherapist. The brooding, introspective Montgomery Clift was a curious choice for the role of Sigmund Freud; at times he looks more off the beam than some of his patients (his comic-opera Viennese accent doesn't add to the credibility). The screenplay takes the shape of a detective mystery, attempting to link various crises in Freud's private and professional life with his theoretical conclusions, most often doing so within well-staged dream sequences. Less successful are the scenes with the poor unfortunates who come to Freud for help, notably an embarrassing sequence with a young man suffering from an Oedipus complex. Freud was at one point supposed to have been scripted by existentialist playwright Jean-Paul Sartre, who gave up after he realized that the subject would require a four- or five-hour film at the very least.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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