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(John Huston, 1962)
Release date: 27 February 2023
Limited Edition Blu-ray (UK premiere)
Montgomery Clift (Suddenly, Last Summer) and Susannah York (Images) star in this examination of the early career of Sigmund Freud from director John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, Fat City).
The film charts Freud’s journey from graduating medical school, to his early investigations into hysteria, hypnosis, and the analysis of dreams, and on to his formulation of the radical concepts which would underpin his psychoanalytic theory, scandalise the medical world, and change the face of the twentieth century.
Born from an epic screenplay by the philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre, the film was praised for its inventive and expressionistic attempts to represent the workings of the unconscious mind.
INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
- 2K restoration
- Original mono audio
- Let There Be Light (1946, 58 mins): John Huston’s documentary on psychologically traumatised war veterans, suppressed until the 1981 Cannes Film Festival, and presented in a 2K restoration
- Archival Interviews with John Huston and Montgomery Clift (1961, 14 mins): rare audio recording with the director and lead actor, made during the production of Freud
- The Guardian Lecture with Susannah York (1982, 75 mins): archival audio recording of the prolific actor in conversation at the National Film Theatre, London
- Conflict and Trauma (2023, 29 mins): journalist and historian Matthew Sweet explores this multi-faceted production
- Original theatrical trailer
- Howard Rodman trailer commentary (2013, 3 mins): short critical appreciation
- Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
- New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet featuring a new essay by John Bleasdale, John Huston’s official statement on the making of Freud, extracts from Huston’s autobiography, An Open Book, an overview of contemporary critical responses, Huston on the production and suppression of Let There Be Light, and full film credits
- UK premiere on Blu-ray
- Limited edition of 3,000 copies for the UK
BBFC cert: 12