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March 14, 2016
I can see that as a portrait of Freud, this may be flawed. But it's still a very interesting film.
November 6, 2015
Despite a tortured performance by Clift and a characteristically atmospheric score by Jerry Goldsmith, this very talky biopic remains uninvolving and prosaic. The occasional Bergmanesque dream sequences only highlight the weaknesses of Huston's direction.
September 18, 2015
Although it gives a rather simple and compressed insight to the early days of Freuds life, it still comes out as a well crafted and interesting drama with more than enough plot development to keep your eyes on the screen.
June 4, 2015
Montgomery Clift was really cool in the role of Freud and it was interesting to see his theories. However i was expecting more coherence and better quality from a 1962 movie.
March 27, 2015
John Huston may have enjoyed the challenge of putting Freud's theories (not his life, exactly) on screen, given the direct parallel between repression of sexual thoughts by the superego and repression of the same by the Hays Office censors. Surely, he also smirked when he put Monty Clift into the lead, knowing that the actor suffered great torment over his homosexuality (leading to emotional and alcoholic problems that troubled this production). Indeed, Huston himself voices Freud's inner thoughts on screen in occasional narration, suggesting his role in directing/dominating Clift. Somehow, despite being all talk talk talk (therapy), the film mostly succeeds and is fairly gripping and noir-ish when Freud faces his own internal conflicts in a dark dream (not unlike Hitch's Dali sequence in Spellbound or Bergman's Wild Strawberries scene). Susannah York's ongoing somatoform problems, Larry Parks' kindly but less brave attempts to treat them, and Eric Portman's dastardly (but secretive) supervision of Freud's early work are all pieces of the puzzle - but all roads lead to his relationships with his parents (of course). For me, it is hard to know how much the audience of the day was able to fill in the gaps of Freud's theories from what is onscreen but the more you know, the more you may see (notwithstanding the schematicity necessary in all film). Not the travesty it could have been and in fact consistently absorbing.
½ December 24, 2012
The stuff of which nightmares are made of--Excellent bio by Huston!!
November 16, 2012
Thrilling, well acted, disturbing and surprising.
½ May 15, 2011
Montgomery Clift as Sigmund Freud faced great resistance and hostility from his peers when he announced his oedipus complex theories of infant sexuality. It was however not explained if the resistance arose from the still prudish era's (1890) inability to accept discussion of taboos or the unscientific methods and lack of statistical support for Freud's theories.
August 13, 2010
What a disturbing, mysterious and revealting Movie. A Psychedelic Journey into the the Dark Alleys of our Inner Mind. Sigmund Freud was a Anti-Hero fighting the Demons in the Unconscious of the People and himself like a Dark Wizard fight the Evil in Surrealistic Dreams. He is perfect portraied by Montgomery Clift. The Music is Awesome.
July 14, 2010
Ora burocrático, ora didático demais. Serve como introdução para quem depois quiser se aprofundar nas teorias freudianas expostas no filme. Funciona também como um melodrama.
½ October 28, 2009
embrião da psicanálise!
tks, Dr. Freud!
merlynsprankling
Super Reviewer
September 14, 2009
The idea of making a film about Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the legendary founder of psychoanalysis, is not immediately attractive.

The film is a great drama, but closet drama, in which most of the action takes place within the mind. The question is how to translate this action into a viable script that would produce a film from which audiences would not flee?

Film makers discovered three ways to make the tragicomedy of Freud's heroic years filmworthy. First, they depict Freud thinking to himself as he stalks around Vienna at night, in top hat and overcoat. This technique of dramatizing historic though processes led them to have Montgomery Clift, who portrays Freud, do a great deal of staring.

What Freud does relatively well is depict a brilliant man's search--even though his discoveries, like Charcot's treatments of hysterics, come a bit too easily and too casually.

However, for anyone eager to establish a useful timetable of early psychoanalysis, a good biography remains indispensable...
½ July 28, 2009
x fin una peli sobre Freud.... buenisima para la época!!! :)
½ March 31, 2009
If you can move past its silliness (according to this movie, Freud was a meek, warm-hearted, friendly guy who was always getting picked on by his peers but always turned the other cheek, and also that one patient was his source for his major theories and techniques), "Freud" is actually pretty well done, and Montgomery Clift is surprisingly effective in the title role.
½ March 9, 2009
This was my introduction to the World of Freud
½ January 30, 2009
freud. hypnosis. emotions of freud. the dark ucs. the moving unheard side of fears of freud. depiction. beliefs. his wife. his breuer. his own coming into terms with oedipal.parts of the movie being thy brilliance
Super Reviewer
August 11, 2008
nominated for best picture at the golden globes
½ June 28, 2008
Great film. It gets the ideas across while still sticking to a character-driven story.
February 4, 2008
Amazing job on his life and work
October 25, 2007
This was a good film and nice presentation of the ideas of Freud. Interesting is that Jean-Paul Sartre wrote first versions of script to this film. That's why film has some flavour of existentialism. Clift was great and Houston too - as allways.
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