A Dangerous Method: Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender First Look

By Jul 6, 2010 Comment (1)

With three well-known names involved in the whole thing, this project definitely sounds awesome.

Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud

David Cronenberg‘s long waited project with Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud and Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung, titled A Dangerous Method is moving forward, so we guess you’ll be happy to hear that we finally have something to share with you – the first set photos!

We already wrote about this movie, but let’s all remind the story once again:

“Overshadowed by portents of the coming wars, Zurich and Vienna are the setting for this tale of emotional vicissitude and intellectual debate. An intimate picture of the birth of psychoanalysis and of two intense and inextricably interwoven relationships.

Carl Jung uses Sigmund Freud’s “talking cure” on Sabina, a young Russian hysteric with whom he will fall in love. Impressed with Jung’s results, Freud anoints him his successor, but when Jung develops his own theories they part ways. Sensitive and intelligent, this story illuminates one of the twentieth century’s most influential schools of thought.”

And while we’re all enjoying these photos, we can’t help but notice that Cronenberg’s team has done some great job with Mortensen and Fassbender.

Just take a look at our new Sigmund Freud – now that’s what we call impressive!

And yes, guys, we do see that lovely Keira Knightley, or Sabina Spielrein, “the woman who causes a rift between the two men” is missing (we’re hoping for that update definitely!) but at least you have a chance to see Sarah Gadon who plays Jung’s wife Emma.

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  • BM Second says:

    True story:

    Jung’s interest in synchronicity and the paranormal rankled the strict materialist, Freud; he condemned Jung for wallowing in what he called the “black tide of the mud of occultism.” Just two years earlier, during a visit to Freud in Vienna, Jung had attempted to defend his beliefs and sparked a heated debate. Freud’s skepticism remained calcified as ever, causing him to dismiss Jung’s paranormal leanings, “in terms of so shallow a positivism,” recalls Jung, “that I had difficulty in checking the sharp retort on the tip of my tongue.” A shocking synchronistic event followed. Jung writes in his memoirs:

    While Freud was going on this way, I had a curious sensation. It was as if my diaphragm were made of iron and were becoming red-hot — a glowing vault. And at that moment there was such a loud report in the bookcase, which stood right next to us, that we both started up in alarm, fearing the thing was going to topple over on us. I said to Freud: ‘There, that is an example of a so-called catalytic exteriorization phenomenon.’ ‘Oh come,’ he exclaimed. ‘That is sheer bosh.’ ‘It is not,’ I replied. ‘You are mistaken, Herr Professor. And to prove my point I now predict that in a moment there will be another such loud report! ‘Sure enough, no sooner had I said the words that the same detonation went off in the bookcase. To this day I do not know what gave me this certainty. But I knew beyond all doubt that the report would come again. Freud only stared aghast at me. I do not know what was in his mind, or what his look meant. In any case, this incident aroused his distrust of me, and I had the feeling that I had done something against him. I never afterward discussed the incident with him.
    P.S. Jung was a secret agent for the OSS during WW2,
    1943 on, and had the code name, agent 488.
    OSS (precursor to CIA) ….

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