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First stills from Cronenberg’s A DANGEROUS METHOD

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
July 6th, 2010

It isn't much of a secret, especially if you've been reading this site for long, that I'm an avid fan of interpreting movies much too deeply. I often apply a deep philosophical message to movies that don't necessarily mean it. I'm not kidding when I say that I took WHITE CHICKS as a deep introspective search for one's identity.

Naturally, I was pretty excited to hear that David Cronenberg was behind a film which explores the relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Check out our first look at the film after the jump.

David Cronenberg is the man behind a few great movies, my favorite of which are THE FLY and A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. Each of those explores the animal within man, which is conveniently a consistent thematic element of Freud's writing. In casting A DANGEROUS METHOD, Cronenberg chose Viggo Mortenson to play the founder of psycho-analysis and picked Michael Fassbender to play Carl Jung.

I'm a deep, deep admirer of Michael Fassbender whose work in HUNGER physically affected me due to the sheer gravitas of the performance. Mortenson has been getting consistently better since LORD OF THE RINGS, with THE ROAD and the aforementioned A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE trumping his role as Aragorn.

I have little doubt that a movie exploring the life and thoughts of Sigmund Freud could be something quite profound. The man himself had an interesting life, which in turn had a substantial impact on his work. I'm aware that Jung and Freud had a unique relationship, each struggling to achieve more than the other.

Source: The Playlist , originally from TT.com and Heute.at

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