'A Dangerous Method' plays mind games

  • Article by: COLIN COVERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 29, 2011 - 8:23 PM

A potent drama about psychology pioneers Freud and Jung, and the woman who came between them.

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e72521Jan. 3, 1211:45 AM

The BIG problem with Hollywood biographical pictures is that they are designed to either sell at the box office and/or express the views of the particular people involved in the production of a given film. Too often, almost always in fact, the movies' makers will take an historical character and use the factual framework of that character's life, then fill in that framework with nonsense. Speculations, rumors, etc. are used to fill in the spaces not known. That which the mind does not know it will fill in with imagination, both individuals' minds and the collective public mind. This movie, and others like it, does a great disservice to the characters portrayed, distorting or even deliberately working to destroy important legacies, either by ignorance or outright deceit. It's a mistake for anyone who should go to one of these films to assume they are getting any kind of legitimate lessons in history, unfortunately too many people do in a rather lemming-like fashion.

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grapeape1969Jan. 5, 12 8:23 PM

not sure who e72521 hangs out with but everyone I know that goes to movies realize these are works of FICTION. They are not meant to be documentaries. They are "what if" stories. Just because a movie has real life characters does not mean its the true to life story of their lives. That's also why awards have "Best Picture" and "Best Documentary". Two different things.

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