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A Dangerous Method [DVD]
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Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender star in director David Cronenberg's adaptation of Christopher Hampton's play detailing the deteriorating relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung as they contend with a particularly troubled patient. Carl Jung (Fassbender), a disciple of Sigmund Freud (Mortensen), is using Freudian techniques to treat Russian-Jewish psychiatric patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) at Burghölzli Mental Hospital. But the deeper Jung's relationship with Spielrein grows, the further the burgeoning psychiatrist and his highly respected mentor drift apart. As Jung struggles to help his patient overcome some pressing paternal issues, disturbed patient Otto Gross (Vincent Cassel) sets out to test the boundaries of the doctor's professional resolve. Meanwhile, Jung and Freud's continued sessions with Spielrein lead to a series of profound breakthroughs in the methods that doctors use to treat their patients.
Audio Commentary By Director David Cronenberg. The Making Of A Dangerous Method
On the eve of World War I, Zurich and Vienna are the setting for a dark tale of sexual and intellectual discovery. Drawn from true-life events, A Dangerous Method takes a glimpse into the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein, the troubled but beautiful young woman who comes between them. Into the mix comes Otto Gross, a debauched patient who is determined to push the boundaries.
In this exploration of sensuality, ambition and deceit set the scene for the pivotal moment when Jung, Freud and Sabina come together and split apart, forever changing the face of modern thought.
A Dangerous Method was directed by David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises, A History of Violence, Crash) from a screenplay by Academy Award® winning writer Christopher Hampton (Atonement, Dangerous Liaisons), who adapted his own stage play The Talking Cure for the screen. Academy Award® nominee Keira Knightley (Never Let Me Go, Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) stars as Sabina Spielrein opposite fast-rising star Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Fish Tank, Hunger and the upcoming Jane Eyre, X-Men: First Class and Prometheus) as Carl Jung, with Academy Award® nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, A History of Violence, Lord of the Rings trilogy) as Sigmund Freud. Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Mesrine) plays Otto Gross, and Canadian newcomer Sarah Gadon plays Jung’s wife Emma.
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A further complication is Jung's treatment with his new "talking cure" of the hysterical young Russian Jewess Sabina Spielrein, who recovers to become a celebrated psychoanalyst in her own right, but not before providing a fatal attraction for Jung.
The photography is beautiful, with many scenes of Swiss lakes or striking statues against a background of Viennese palaces. The large amount of "walking and talking" reflects the fact this film is based on a stage play by the ubiquitous Christopher Hampton. I also liked the attention to the period detail of the early 1900s: Jung's wealthy wife works on her embroidery the day after giving birth to her first child, while a buxom wet nurse suckles the infant. Freud's identification with Spielrein, as a Jew, and growing awareness of Jung as an Aryan, foreshadows the horrors of the Holocaust.Read more ›
“A Dangerous Method” doesn't shy away from the more juicy (some would say “Freudian”) aspects of Jung's early career. The Swiss psychoanalyst's entanglement with the beautiful, intelligent and crazy Sabina Spielrein forms the centerpiece of the story. Yes, Dr Jung (who was married) had an erotic relationship with her. The film also features Jung's fateful encounter with anarchist Otto Gross, who was one of his patients (!) but had a demonical influence on the man who was supposed to cure him.
I can't say “A Dangerous Method” is *that* interesting, unless you have an Oedipal crush on psycho-analysis, and the plot is probably incomprehensible to anyone who hasn't read extensively on the subject. Still, it did give me new respect for Viggo Mortensen as an actor – like most people, I remember him as Aragorn in LOTR. Here, he stars…Freud!
I'm not sure if it's another aspect of Jungian or Völkisch synchronicity, or just a sheer co-incidence, but another TV network was showing “Twin Peaks” reruns at the same time as “A Dangerous Method” was aired.
Apparently, Jungian analytical psychologists prohibited their patients-clients from reading Noll's fratricidal attack on the Jung cult. I can only hope that they can at least watch “A Dangerous Method”. If not, I suppose there is always “Twin Peaks”…
Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightly) was born in the Russian district of Rostov-on-Don on 7 November 1885. She was "committed" to Zurich's "Burgholzi Psychiatric Clinic" by her Uncle where she came under the "care" of Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender). Jung was mentored by Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen).
The film progresses at a very slow pace, and it took all my determination not to press the fast forward button. You also have to remember that the subject matter can be somewhat dry, even for me and it's my specialist subject.
Otto Gross (Vincent Cassel) is added to the mix, though briefly. Other than the debauched Gross giving Jung "permission" to have an extra marital affair, there appears to be no reason for his inclusion. There was much more to Gross than portrayed.
I am not a fan of Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, X-Men: First Class) but his portrayal of Jung is excellent, and once you get over the fluctuating accent of Keira Knightly (Atonement) - it fluctuates between an attempted Russian to American and back (not bad for a UK born woman) - she gives an interesting performance as Speilrein. The tour-de-force is from Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, ...Read more ›
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Condition of product just as described. Delivery on time. No reason to complain. Thank you!Published 3 days ago by Niche
Powerful movie,bit explicit with his expression of his treatment with his patient,doubt if it would be acceptable by todays standards but worth watchingPublished 1 month ago by terri
While I liked this film, the quality of the Blu Ray left a lot to be desired. Blocky compression artifacts were clearly visible in dark areas. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mettana
A dull film that fails to expose Freud and his followers for the charlatans they are.Published 10 months ago by Moondial
This basically true story should move us, as well as stirring the intellect. This film does neither. Read morePublished 10 months ago by S. Ramsey-Hardy