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Freud, Jung and Spielrein Are the Focus of New Film, A Dangerous Method

By , black-rose-bielefeld.de GuideNovember 21, 2011

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I'll be the first to admit that I'm normally not a big movie buff. However, I am excited to see the new film A Dangerous Method centered on the relationship between Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein. The film stars Michael Fassbender as Jung, Viggo Mortenson as Freud and Keira Knightley as Spielrien.

While you may be familiar with the friendship and later enmity between Jung and Freud, Spielrein is a less familiar figure. While she is best-known as Jung's patient and lover, she was an important psychoanalyst in her own right. During the early years of their friendship, Jung and Freud apparently talked about Spielrein considerably and their discussions about her case likely had a major influence on the early development of psychoanalysis.

Spielrein went on to become a psychiatrist and played a major role in introducing psychoanalysis in Russia. She also introduced the concept of death instincts, an idea that Freud later built upon and adapted as his own.

So why did Spielrein remain in obscurity for so long? Her life was cut tragically short in 1941, when she was killed by the Nazi's in Russia. While she wrote more than 30 papers, all were in French and German and many of her writings have yet to be translated. It wasn't until the 1970s when the letters she exchanged with Jung became known, finally shedding some light on her life and influence on psychology.

A Dangerous Method comes out in U.S. theaters on November 23, 2011. Learn more in this biography of Sabina Spielrein.

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November 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Is there a way to see the movie online? I?m having TV problems at the moment. Any other good psych recommendations to watch?

November 22, 2011 at 11:25 am

Sorry, Alicia, you?ll have the visit your local theater to see this one. The DVD will likely come out sometime next year, but I?m not sure of the date.

November 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Do you know when it will be coming out?

November 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm

As mentioned in the post above, the movie comes out in U.S. theaters tomorrow, November 23, 2011.

November 22, 2011 at 9:16 pm
(5)R Viswanathansays:

Dear Kendra,

I believe this is the first of its kind( Based on Psycholgists life).

Is there any other films of similar nature?

R Viswanathan.

November 23, 2011 at 2:14 am
(6)zuweina salimsays:

hi Kendra, i can wait to see the movie. guess it wll be shown in Africa or can i get it on line

November 23, 2011 at 3:10 am

Please give us brief discription of movie dangerous method

November 23, 2011 at 3:12 am

I hope we shall see it soon in South African theaters as well.

November 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm

is this movie going to screen in india?
If not then, is there any other way to watch this movie,

November 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm

How can we get this movie in Nigeria?

November 26, 2011 at 6:46 am

Do you have any idea if this is going to release in India any sooner?

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