John Huston's 1962 film is a fictional biopic starring Montgomery Clift, depicting 5 years in the life of the hugely-influential Viennese psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Disillusioned with the way his colleagues refuse to treat patients in an asylum, Freud experiments with new techniques learnt on a trip to Paris where he visits Dr. Charcot and sees how hysterical patients are treated by means of hypnosis. One of his first patients is Cecily Koertner (Susannah York), a young woman suffering a nervous and physical breakdown upon the death of her father. Nominated for two Oscars, the film concentrates on Freud's initial work in examining the effect of the subconscious mind on the conscious. Music by Jerry Goldsmith.
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