Upcoming Movie: A Dangerous MethodWhat happens when history collides at the intersection of psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung?

Potentially, some pretty interesting fireworks. So that’s why I’m especially looking forward to the new David Cronenberg (A History of Violence) flick, A Dangerous Method.

The movie centers around the relationship between Jung and Freud after the young Dr. Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes on a new Russian patient, Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley). But Jung and his more experienced teacher, Dr. Freud (Viggo Mortensen), both fall under the spell of Sabina, driving a wedge between the two men.

Based upon a true story, Spielrein was admitted in August 1904 to the Burghölzli mental hospital near Zürich, where Carl Gustav Jung worked at that time, according to Wikipedia. “While there, [Sabina] established a deep emotional relationship with Jung who later was her medical dissertation advisor. The historian and psychoanalyst Peter Loewenberg argues that this was a sexual relationship, in breach of professional ethics…”

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Upcoming Movie: A Dangerous Method

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  1. Hello,

    I just wanted to let you know that this story has been made into movies and plays before. Most recently in 2002 with the not so wonderful, but interesting “The Soul Keeper” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0349995/

    It will be fascinating to see the latest interpretation.

  2. Someone at psychcentral ought to review this. So that I can comment on the review! I’ve seen it, and read a lot of reviews. Many reviewers are screwing up the facts.

  3. Ummm, I’ve been A Clinician(Ph.D.—Jungian-leaning) for A VERY LONG TIME~I’m Psyched to see The-Film, HOWEVER, I’m Not-So-Sure that The Story, while sounding quite titillating and engrossing, is, in ANY WAY, Historically Accurate! There were MANY FACTORS leading to Carl & Sigmund’s “Break-Up”~VERY MANY!!! That being said, I Am Very Excited to see This Film! TPG~Did You ACTUALLY SEE This “Version”?! If so, forget historical accuracy(!), HOW WAS IT!!! [smile]

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