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A Dangerous Method

(Blu-ray Disc - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
A Dangerous Method
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The relationship between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung and his mentor Sigmund Freud is torn apart when Sabina Spielrein, a troubled but beautiful young woman, comes between them and forever changes the face of modern thought.
Title: A dangerous method
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Publisher: [United States] : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2012.
Edition: Blu-ray version widescreen format
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Release date: Mar. 27, 2012.
CPL DVD# 6336086
Summary: The relationship between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung and his mentor Sigmund Freud is torn apart when Sabina Spielrein, a troubled but beautiful young woman, comes between them and forever changes the face of modern thought.
Audience: MPAA rating R for sexual content and brief language.
Local Note: 15 53 57 63 65 66 67 76 79 80 102 118 133 148 167 172 173 175 216 226 242 243 244 245
Statement of Responsibility: director, David Cronenberg ; producer, Jeremy Thomas ; screenplay, Christopher Hampton
Performers: Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Cassel, Viggo Mortensen.
System Details: This is a Blu-Ray disc and will not play in a standard DVD player
DVD; widescreen; requires a Blu-ray player.
Blu-ray disc, widescreen (1.85) presentation; 5.1; requires Blu-ray player.
Blu-ray disc.
Other Language: English dialogue; English or Spanish subtitles.
Closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Spielrein, Sabina Drama. Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939 Drama. Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961 Drama. Psychoanalysis Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films-2012.
DVD-Video discs-2012.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired-2012.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Topical Term: Psychoanalysis
Publisher No: 39500
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Sep 11, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Really disappointed in this movie. Keira Knightley is beyond annoying in this movie for me, her Russian accent is awful. Speaking of accents, why didn't Mortensen and Fassbender try a German accent instead of a British? They are supposed to be actors aren't they? Also the subject matter was fine but a little to in-depth for someone without a psychology degree.

Jul 23, 2014
  • Libraryman1_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A delight both in the terms of acting and in story. This is a terrific, well done and meaning film. I liked Viggo Mortensen as the famed psychologist Sigmund Freud, and also Keira Knightley as the patient in his care. Michael Fessbender steals the show as the young doctor who is assigned to treat Knightley.

Jun 30, 2014
  • manoeliu rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I am Michael Fassbender's fan. He is the only reason I watched this film. He did a good job in the movie, so are other actors except Keira Knightly. She ruined the movie. She can be good, but this is a wrong part for her. She tried too hard and her acting is way too over the top, not believable. The script is also weak. I won't recommend this movie.

This is a very revolutionary film about mental illness, relationship and female power arising ... I doubt general public would receive it well as shown in the box office revenue. Only those who live and talk with an open mind will be able to watch this film in appreciation.

The rest of the general public who find this story awkward is just that - general public.

Sexual harassement issues as handled at the turn of the XX century. Somewhat a picture of living in Ivory Towers and the social elites good old boy network in turn of the century Europe. Knightley gets spanked repeatedly by Carl Jung in a sort of therapy session. Plenty of Jungian erotic symbolism.

Oct 24, 2013
  • love_my_library_card rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An elegant, detailed, and restrained film, but I was expecting a bit more from David Cronenberg with regard to the story. The actors did a good enough job with what they were given.

Oct 23, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I apologize to Keira Knightley fans: she can act real well, at least in this movie. It also reminds us how much mental health problems stem from sexual health issues.

Jul 29, 2013
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This film focuses on one of the key relationships that went to establish the cultural foundation of the "modern" world: the true study, and objectification, of the mind -- by three people directly caught up personally in the very powerful forces they were attempting to understand (for the first time in history). The film, despite its necessary slow pace, and despite its inability to do more than scratch the surfaces of the depths of its basic situation, is fascinating and remarkably successful. What these people did and thought and felt contributed significantly to who we are and how we live in the worlds of our culture.

Jun 18, 2013
  • nptphoto rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Still more proof -- as if any were needed -- than Cronenberg can't direct. And furthermore, he never could. It was the actors, and the actors alone, who redeemed The Dead Zone, the director's one halfway-watchable movie. In this awful bomb, even deprived of his trademark, over-the-top violence, DC still manages to revel in the ugliest worldview possible. Also, Keira Knightley is a horrible actress!!! Possibly worse than Natalie Portman, tho' perhaps not nearly as self-aggrandizing.

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Highly disappointing for me. I was quite excited and expected a lot from Cronenberg, but this film didn't show his potential very well. Personally, I liked Keira's performance, but a lot of people didn't, so that's one deterrent for most audiences. Mortensen played his role (or rather downplayed it) with such immense subtlety that I couldn't appreciate it. It just was all hype and no substance, I found. I don't know the actual story, so perhaps it was trying to stick to the source material, but regardless, it was incredibly dull and didn't redeem itself, not even at the end. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Oct 23, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Carl Jung: Sometimes you have to do something unforgivable... just to be able to go on living.

Sigmund Freud: Experiences like this, however painful, are necessary and inevitable; without them, how can we know life?

Otto Gross: It seems to me the measure of the true perversity of the human race, that one of its very few reliably pleasurable activities should be the subject of so much hysteria and repression.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Carl Jung: "So you're... not a believer in monogamy..." Otto Gross: "For a neurotic like myself, I can't possibly imagine a more stressful concept." Carl Jung: "And you don't find it necessary, or... desirable to exercise some restraint, as a contribution, say, to the smooth function of civilization." Otto Gross: "What - and make myself ill?"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sabina Spielrein (to Carl Jung): "There's no hope for me... I'm vile and... filthy and, corrupt... I must... I must never be let out of here..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Professor Bleuler: "Miss Spielrein?" Sabina Spielrein (cackling in muddy pond): "Herr Director." Professor Bleuler: "I feel you may have a little too much time on your hands. I'm a great believer in getting our patients involved in some productive work. What are your particular interests?" Sabina Spielrein: "Suicide. Interplanetary travel."

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