David Cronenberg, a filmmaker with a peerless grasp on the mysteries of the mind and the body, turns his attention to a seminal chapter in the founding of psychoanalysis. Adapted from Christopher Hampton’s play A Talking Cure, A Dangerous Method charts the relationship between Sigmund Freud and his protégé turned dissenter Carl Jung, as it was shaped by the case of Sabine Spielrein, a young Russian Jewish patient of Jung’s. Cronenberg brilliantly dramatizes not just the rivalry and rupture between two pioneers who defined a field but also the birth of their groundbreaking theories of the unconscious and the forces of Eros and Thanatos. Featuring an electrifying trio of lead actors, who turn near-mythic figures into flesh and blood, this is a film of tremendous vigor and ambition, a historical drama that brings ideas to life. —NYFF
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father’s path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12), Cronenberg graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Literature after switching from the science department. He reached the cult status of horror-meister with the gore-filled, modern-vampire variations of Shivers (1975) and Rabid (1977), following an experimental apprenticeship in independent filmmaking and in Canadian television programs.
Cronenberg gained popularity with the head-exploding, telepathy-based Scanners (1981) after the release of the much underrated, controversial, and autobiographical The Brood (1979). Cronenberg become a sort… read more
Non il miglior Cronenberg. Grande fotografia,bellissimi interni ed esterni ma con due attori del genere mi sarei aspettato un ritmo e una dialettica più elevati,limitando forse la fase epistolare.Mi è sembrato un pò compassato,in attesa di una svolta che non arriva.I temi vengono trattati con la scientifica freddezza che ci si aspetta,ma la sensazione generale è di qualcosa di incompiuto.3*
I'm pretty sure (and, well, it's quite obvious) it's all about the exchange of ideas in pre-war Europe with Jung's apocalyptic dream being the prophecy of World War I (or World War II) but this allegoric layer is unfortunately hidden too deep under the complicated web of interrelations, including romantic, between the heroes of the movie.
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