WHEELING - "A Dangerous Method," a well staged period piece from Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg (Crash, Eastern Promises, A History of Violence) takes a look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis. Starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen in a Golden Globe nominated performance, and Michael Fassbender, it will be shown this weekend only Feb. 17, 18 and 19- at Oglebay Institute's Towngate Cinema.
Adapted by Christopher Hampton from his own play The Talking Cure (which was itself based on John Kerr's nonfiction work "A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein"), the film opens in 1904 with a beautiful Russian medical student named Sabina (Knightley) in howling, seizuring distress, being taken against her will to a Zurich psychiatric hospital. She doesn't know it yet, but her life will in large part be defined by her shuttling between Zurich, the home of Carl Jung (Fassbender) and Vienna, the home of Sigmund Freud (Mortensen), who once thought of Jung as his "son and heir."
Using the experimental "talking cure" developed by his mentor Freud, Jung treats Sabrina and makes great progress but finds himself drawn to the masochistic woman and begins an intense physical relationship with her. Later, as Freud takes Sabrina as a patient, he learns of the affair and uses it as weapon in his ideological struggle with Jung. The film suggest that psychoanalysis as a scientific system may have been harmed by the struggle between its two founders, and that Sabrina may have arrived at more useful conclusions than the two differing psychiatrists.
Rated R for sexual content and brief language, "A Dangerous Method" will be shown at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17; 4, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19.
Located at 2118 Market Street, Towngate Cinema is easy to find and located just across the street from St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in the historic Centre Market District of Wheeling.
Oglebay Institute's Cinema program is underwritten by the Ogden Newspapers and all Towngate films are shown for one weekend only. The box office opens one hour before all shows and can be reached at 304-233-4257.