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.
Release date: Dec 12, 1962
Production Company: Universal Pictures
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Director: John Huston
writer: Charles F. Kaufman,Wolfgang Reinhardt,Charles S. Kaufman
Montgomery Clift,Susannah York,Larry Parks,Susan Kohner,Eric Portman,Eileen Herlie,Fernand Ledoux,David McCallum,Rosalie Crutchley,David Kossoff,Joseph Fürst,Allan Cuthbertson,Moira Redmond,Maria Perschy,Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel,Ursula Lyn,Alec Mango,John Huston,Leonard Sachs,Victor Beaumont,Manfred Andrea,Anita Gutwell,Charles Regnier,P.V. Polnitz,Herr Rabb,Frederick Lederbur,Stefan Schnabel