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Michael Fassbender Talks Researching Carl Jung For 'A Dangerous Method'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • November 21, 2011 10:40 AM
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Michael Fassbender recently took some time away from his endlessly busy 2011 to speak with The Playlist about his role as swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung in David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method,” which opens in limited release this week. The story focuses on the early career of Jung -- considered the founder of analytical psychology -- at a period in his life when his career briefly intersected with Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). But the story also brings a lesser known influence to light in Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a figure long lost to the annals of history who may have influenced the work of both Jung and, to a lesser extent, Freud.

David Cronenberg Says 'A Dangerous Method' Is An "Intellectual Ménage à Trois"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2011 5:07 AM
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Still Hoping To Make 'Eastern Promises 2' With Viggo MortensenIt has been a very busy fall so far for David Cronenberg. His latest film "A Dangerous Method" has been traveling the globe, premiering at the end of August at the Venice Film Festival, going to Telluride and then TIFF last month for its North American debut and now, hitting the New York Film Festival. For a director whose filmography generally displays a tendency towards the freakier end of the spectrum, his new movie is bit straighter than we're used to from Cronenberg. Starring Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley, the film centers on the relationship between Carl Jung (Fassbender) and Russian-Jewish patient Sabina Spielrein (Knightley), which turns sexual, ultimately causing a rift between Jung and his mentor Sigmund Freud (Mortensen), but also catalyzing strong findings in regards to Jungian psychoanalysis.

The Amazing Race: Which Awards Contenders Came Out Of The Venice/Telluride/Toronto Derby On Top?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 16, 2011 5:44 AM
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After two bonkers weeks, the September festival season is just about dragging to a close (at least in terms of major awards-season debuts; Fantastic Fest is pretty much imminent, but it's not an awards player and the NYFF follows hot on its heels, but most of those films have screened already). And as ever, the films that we're likely to see strutting their stuff at the Kodak Theater -- and the ones that we won't -- have started to come into focus.

Viggo Mortensen Says He'll Work With David Cronenberg Again, Possibly On 'Eastern Promises 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 14, 2011 11:06 AM
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Five Things We Learned In Toronto From The 'A Dangerous Method' StarDavid Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" has been met with a somewhat mixed reception as it's done the rounds at Venice, Telluride and Toronto; some admiring the uncompromisingly brainy nature of it, others finding it stiff and mannered (we landed somewhere in between when we saw it on the Lido). But if there's one thing the critics can agree on, it's that Viggo Mortensen, in his third film on the trot with the Canadian maverick, gives another brilliant turn as Sigmund Freud. Buried beneath a prosthetic nose and playing older than he's usually allowed to, he's easily the highlight of the film, giving a beguiling turn worlds away from the professional killers he played for Cronenberg in "A History of Violence" and "Eastern Promises."

The Return Of Whit Stillman, 'Twixt,' Brad Pitt's 'Moneyball' & More: Midway Check-In With TIFF 2011

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 12, 2011 10:50 AM
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Running from September 8-18, we're essentially at the midway check-in point of the Toronto International Film Festival. Keeping up with all of the reviews is nuts, hell keeping up with our own reviews is taxing.

'Carnage,' 'Shame' 'March,' Tinker Tailor' & More: Our Complete 2011 Venice Film Festival Coverage

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 8, 2011 12:22 PM
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Wrap Up Coverage From Telluride 2011 As Well, Including 'The Descendants' 'Albert Nobbs' & 'Butter'While there are two more days officially left on the Venice Film Festival schedule, for us, the Lido is now closed. Our man in the field, U.K. writer Oliver Lyttelton did a bang-up job and delivered what felt like 20 reviews in nine days, and at a rapid and coherent clip no less. While the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off today, we've already seen many of the highlights of the fall film festival that you're highly anticipating.

'The Descendants,' 'Shame,' 'The Artist' Head Full Line Up For 55th BFI London Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2011 1:01 AM
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'The Ides Of March,' 'We Need To Talk About Kevin,' 'Carnage,' 'Wuthering Heights' & More Also IncludedWe're really getting into the thick of festival season by now. Telluride is long departed, things are winding down in Venice (we're here for another 24 hours, but it's starting to look like a ghost town), and The Playlist team head off to Toronto this afternoon. But there's plenty more on the way in the months to come. Only this morning, AFI Fest revealed that it would open with the premiere of Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," and shortly afterwards, the full line-up for the 55th BFI London Film Festival has been announced.

New Photos of David Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2011 4:10 AM
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There is probably no film this fall hitting the festival circuit harder than David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method." Having already screened at Venice and Telluride, the film will play TIFF and NYFF next for what Sony Pictures Classics hopes will result in some kind of awards season recognition.

Venice '11 Review: Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method' An Insightful Look At Sexuality & The Mind

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 2, 2011 1:24 AM
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The recent career of David Cronenberg has been an interesting thing to watch. Having made his name with a very particular, icky brand of fetish-happy body horror, he hasn't dipped back into that well for a decade now, preferring instead to take his obsessions and use them to spice up what in other hands could be standard fare. And generally speaking, it has worked well: "Spider," "A History of Violence" and "Eastern Promises" all have much to recommend them, all peculiarly Cronenbergian, but each pushing in a slightly different direction. But now he's made what, on the surface at least, might seem to be his biggest departure to date: a period piece, based on a stage play (one of several in Venice this year -- have movies rediscovered theater as a source of material?), that examines the relationship between the two major forefathers of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.

'Shame,' 'The Artist,' 'The Descendants,' 'Albert Nobbs' & More Journey To Telluride This Weekend

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 6:34 AM
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'Tinker Tailor Solider Spy' Remains MIA On North American Festival ShoresWhile Venice has kicked off the fall festival season in grand style, the awards season really starts with Telluride. Reactions from the hippie resort film festival have proven to be a crystal ball at both box office and awards season performance and for many studios, cause to tweak and adjust their fall plans accordingly based on what happens in Colorado. Moreover, with TIFF right around the corner, a strong showing at Telluride can often put a previously under the radar the film into a strong spotlight in Toronto. "Up In The Air," "Juno," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Brokeback Mountain" are just some of the films that have benefited in the past, and with today's announced lineup, we could see the game change for a few more films.

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