Cinema: Papa of Psychiatry

Freud. It's a fighting word. Two decades after his death, the papa of psychiatry is still assiduously abused as an intellectual Bluebeard who ravaged the soul of modern man in the name of unmitigated sex. Yet he is also hailed as the Columbus of the unconscious who discovered a new world in the depths of the human mind. Which Freud is the real Freud—Bluebeard or Columbus? Director John Huston plumps for Columbus, and he tells why in this taut intellectual thriller.

Hysterics, when Freud (Montgomery Clift) begins to study them, are scorned by neurologists as silly women who act up...

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