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Freud [DVD] [1962]

Montgomery Clift , Susannah York , John Huston    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Montgomery Clift, Susannah York
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None, Norwegian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Transition Digital Media
  • DVD Release Date: 23 April 2012
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007AJGI3W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,408 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


This pseudo-biographical movie depicts 5 years from 1885 in the life of the Viennese psychologist Freud (Montgomery Clift). Disillusioned with the way his colleagues refuse to treat patients in a mental asylum, following a trip to Paris to visit Dr Charcot he sees how hysterical patients are treated by means of hypnosis.

Experimenting with these new techniques, Freud concentrates on Cecily Koertner (Susannah York), a young woman suffering a nervous and physical breakdown upon the death of her father.

Available for the first time on DVD.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic and informative 1 April 2012
Having recently seen the disappointing film 'A Dangerous Method', I was expecting this Hollywood film a) to be flat and undramatic and b) to have simplified and 'dumbed down' Freud's ideas. In reality it was an excellent drama, like something by Hitchcock, and the portrayal of Freud's ideas was genuinely informative and subtle. Montgomery Clift's portrayal of Freud is also interesting - a tortured truth-seeker and not the steely-eyed haute-bourgeois that we have come to imagine (perhaps he became that later on). All in all, an excellent film.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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FREUD is probably John Huston's most underrated film. The direction, acting, cinematography, and music are all top-notch. And, anyone familiar with Freud's life and thought should be gratified to see the care John Huston took to present Sigmund Freud's ideas and case histories. Unfortunately, one crucial dream scene is missing from this DVD release. In the original theatrical version, after "Freud" faints, when trying to enter the cemetery for his father's funeral, a dream sequence appeared wherein "Freud" sees a sign in a train station telling him "the eyes must remain shut"". On this DVD, after the fainting scene, we merely see a mysterious train pulling out from a station. This, the very end of the originally presented dream, is all we get! Since the full dream isn't shown, the next few scenes where "Freud" tries to decipher that dream's meaning make no sense whatsoever. It is exasperating to see a DVD of a film which has not been available in any previous video release, finally appear after all these years, with a key scene missing.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Unlike his fellow colleagues, the young doctor Sigmund Freud (Montgomery Clift) doesn't see hysteria in patients as a ploy to get attention but rather a symptom of a deeper, underlying neuroses. With this in mind, he concentrates on exploring the subconscious, often using hypnosis, in an attempt unlock their repressed memories and bring about a cure. Directed by John Huston, it's impossible to portray a lifetime of work in a two hours, fifteen minute running time so Huston cheats by cramming many case histories in several patients. Much of it can justifiably be called simplistic (as many of Freud's detractors would say of many of his theories) but what Huston has done, and what makes the film work, is turn Freud's research into a psychological thriller and exploration of the subconscious mind that is as riveting as any Agatha Christie mystery. Clift as Freud seems a trifle more reactive than necessary. In a way, this seems like an extension of his doctor in SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER. The real scene stealer here is the young Susannah York as his neurotic patient who is a cornucopia of symptoms (my favorite moment is when York says, "I was raised Prostitute ..... I mean Protestant!"). Curiously, Huston himself narrates Freud's inner thoughts rather than Clift. There's a superb atonal Oscar nominated score by Jerry Goldsmith. With Larry Parks, Susan Kohner, Eileen Herlie, Eric Portman, David McCallum and Rosalie Crutchley.

The Spanish DVD is a sharp wide screen (1.78) transfer but not anamorphic with English or Spanish tracks and removable subtitles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interpretation of dreams 8 Oct 2014
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John Huston wasn't one to indulge in regrets about what might have been, but if ever a film-title was written on his heart, it was surely that of this film. Having elected to go with Montgomery Clft in the title-role (a very reasonable casting choice, on the face of it), Huston found that the hard-drinking and notoriously neurotic actor had declined steeply since they had worked together on "The Misfits" the previous year, and it was a daily agony to get any kind of performance out of him. Scenes had constantly to be rewritten because Clift couldn't manage their subtleties, he would turn up drunk or else find any excuse to storm off the set and the shooting became immensely protracted. Huston - whose famously low threshold of boredom must have been sorely tested - had wanted to make a film about the founder of psychoanalysis ever since the end of World War II, when he'd made a famous documentary about the Army Psychiatric Unit; to have this dream project collapse on him when he finally got the wherewithal to make it must have been nightmarish. What's astonishing is that none of this pain and trouble is noticeable in the finished product, which is immensely engrossing - and Clift's performance, it must be said, seems just fine. Universal had no faith in the film's box-office potential, and when it opened in Britain, a full nine months after its US premiere, they had cut it by 20 minutes and retitled it ("Freud: The Secret Passion" - desperate or what?), and even then it was hardly shown. So the chance to see it now should emphatically be taken. Be warned, though - this isn't quite the full 140 minutes, although it is very nearly that. Incomprehensibly, a dream sequence seems to have been very briefly (and obviously) trimmed. This doesn't do much damage, it seems only a matter of seconds; but it's most annoying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Experiential 5 Feb 2014
By Sapphi
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I love this film. It is an interesting account of the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. Shot in black and white, this seems to add greatly to the subject matter. The film is rather experiential, taking the observer into the worlds of psychological disturbance as well as exploring Freud's life, who was actually a rather brilliant man. The film is quite a work of art.
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