Headline Sep 20, 2014/ ''' METHOD IN THE MADNESS '''


PSYCHOANALYSIS,   as practised by  Carl Jung  and  his mentor  Sigmund Freud,  in Zurich and Vienna-

In the early  1900s   came to be known as   ''a dangerous method''.

It is a great title for this absorbing film,  written by Christopher Hampton and based on John Kerr's  1994 book  about Jung, Freud,  and  Sabina Spielrein,  which explores  the role:

 Spielrein  ( Keira Knightley)   played  in the  two men's lives.

An 18 years old  Russian patient of  Jung  (Michael Fassbender) , who cured her psychotic hysteria in  1904,  Spielrein later became an analyst and an inspiration both to Jung and Freud (Viggo Mortensen).

According to Mr Kerr,  she also became Jung's lover,  a breach of professional ethics that contributed to the discord between the two analysts and their acrimonious parting of ways in 1913.

Directed by David Cronenberg,   ''A Dangerous  Method''   contains no exploding heads to remind viewers of his 1983  film,  ''Scanner''.

But Spielrein comes close to blowing up in the opening sequence, in which Ms Knightley gives a harrowing portrayal of the symptoms of hysteria that turns her face.... 

Into a twisted, jut-jawed mask of terror at the sadistic paternal abuse that is the cause of the character's illness. Extrapolating a bit,  the  film-makers  speculate that the doctor patient affair was spiced up a bit by enactments of these paternal spankings.

As  '' A Dangerous Method ''  threads its way through the labyrinth of words that these brilliant, questioning people use to probe, seduce and wound one another, it deftly dramatises the  intellectual difference:  

That brought about the  Freud-Jung  split without actually giving either man the last word.

Portraying Freud as a witty patriarch, the film seems to side with him against his stiff-necked  protege.

Freudians will conclude that  Jung  is wallowing  in mysticism  to hide from the truth and that his  sexual urges  almost destroyed his marriage  and his patient's sanity.

It is a tribute to both men's ideas,  and the creativity of the film-makers, that Jungians (and Cronenbergians)  are equally free to see the myth haunted Swiss psychoanalyst as a tragic incarnation of Orpheus.

Who should never have looked back at Eurydice when rescuing her from the underworld of  Hades.

'' Method In The Madness ''  is a must see movies for every student. It is a masterpiece of a searching look at what caused the split between Freud and Jung:

Two very original thinkers 

With respectful dedication to all the  ''movie-lovers''  of the world. See Ya all on !WOW!   -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless:

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