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Filmed in England. Also known as The Secret Passion ... More Less

Filmed in England. Also known as The Secret Passion . More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A John Huston Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Electronic mus seq
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Assoc to Mr. Huston
Medical cons
Title backgrounds & forward paintings
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Secret Passion
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 12 December 1962
Copyright Claimant:
Universal--International
Copyright Date:
12 December 1962
Copyright Number:
LP25020
Duration(in mins):
139
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

In 1885, 30-year-old neurologist Dr. Sigmund Freud quarrels with his superior, Professor Theodore Meynert, over the nature of hysteria and takes a leave of absence from the Vienna General Hospital. In Paris, he studies under Professor Charcot, a pioneer in the use of hypnosis to demonstrate that disease can be mentally induced. Following his marriage to Martha Bernays, Freud becomes the protégé of Dr. Joseph Breuer, another advocate of hypnotism, and together they treat Cecily Koertner, a semi-paralyzed young woman who also suffers from insomnia and impaired vision. As a result of his sessions with both Cecily and Carl von Schlosser, a young man who assaulted his father because of an incestuous love for his mother, Freud determines that all neuroses stem from repressed sexuality. His revolutionary theory, partially based upon his own childhood recollections, offends the entire medical profession, including Breuer. Nevertheless, Freud continues experimenting with Cecily and eventually drops hypnosis in favor of a new technique, "free association," in which he is able to analyze her dreams and interpret the meaning of chance remarks she makes during their conversations. As Cecily's mental health gradually improves, Freud develops his theory of the Oedipus complex and delivers a lecture on the subject; his colleagues react with derisive shouts, but psychoanalysis is ... +


In 1885, 30-year-old neurologist Dr. Sigmund Freud quarrels with his superior, Professor Theodore Meynert, over the nature of hysteria and takes a leave of absence from the Vienna General Hospital. In Paris, he studies under Professor Charcot, a pioneer in the use of hypnosis to demonstrate that disease can be mentally induced. Following his marriage to Martha Bernays, Freud becomes the protégé of Dr. Joseph Breuer, another advocate of hypnotism, and together they treat Cecily Koertner, a semi-paralyzed young woman who also suffers from insomnia and impaired vision. As a result of his sessions with both Cecily and Carl von Schlosser, a young man who assaulted his father because of an incestuous love for his mother, Freud determines that all neuroses stem from repressed sexuality. His revolutionary theory, partially based upon his own childhood recollections, offends the entire medical profession, including Breuer. Nevertheless, Freud continues experimenting with Cecily and eventually drops hypnosis in favor of a new technique, "free association," in which he is able to analyze her dreams and interpret the meaning of chance remarks she makes during their conversations. As Cecily's mental health gradually improves, Freud develops his theory of the Oedipus complex and delivers a lecture on the subject; his colleagues react with derisive shouts, but psychoanalysis is born. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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