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Will Keira Knightley's Lengthy Neurotic Monologue Steal The Show In 'A Dangerous Method'?

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 17, 2011 4:53 AM
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Well, don't take place too much emphasis on it just yet -- this is based on one person's observation from an early screening -- but that said it's an intriguing bit of info that is certainly worth noting and paying attention to.

A helpful reader has pointed us in the direction of the an early reaction to David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" that has made it's way to the IMDB boards. Someone named Davis McArdle recently caught a screening of the film (we'd guess a test screening since in their announcement yesterday, Sony Pictures Classics noted the film was still in post-production) and hit Twitter hard with numerous tweets about his thoughts on the film. "Fascinating doesn’t quite cut it, amazing neither. But then again, I was the only one to even like it here. Yes, it is stage-y. Yes, it is dense. But yes, it’s also pure Cronenberg. And Keira Knightley is either on her way to hopping the Kodiak Theater stage next year or get ridiculed by audiences for years to come," McArdle noted. So what will be the divisive scene?

"...Keira has one scene in particular, a brutal but wonderful 3mins monologue in full neurosis, that others found too much," McArdle tweeted adding, "...They expected something else entirely, more in the vein of ATONEMENT or PRIDE & PREJUDICE...people see Period Piece + Kiera and immediately think of that. Um, ahem, and *smart* critics should love it...It really is a very cerebral piece, as subtle as sophisticated. Only it deals w/controversial themes & that put off many."

So let's put this into some context shall we? In the film Keira Knightley plays Sabina Spielrein, a patient who is admitted in August 1904 to the Burghölzli mental hospital near Zürich where she came under the care of Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender). The two developed a relationship -- that some contend turned sexual -- much to the chagrin of Jung's mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). The "dangerous method" the title likely refers to is also known as "the talking cure" (which was the working title of the film and same name of the Christopher Hampton play on which it is based), which layed out the first steps of psychoanalysis pioneered by Freud in which patients talked through their symptoms. So, could Knightley's extended monologue stem from the application of this new method? That would probably be a pretty good guess.

At any rate, it stokes our anticipation to the film which McArdle says is "more M.BUTTERFLY than 'audience friendlies' [sic] HISTORY OF VIOLENCE or E.PROMISES" which is interesting to note. No release date yet, but the film is expected to make a splashy premiere at the Venice Film Festival in August. And for your Oscar hounds, you might want to add Keira Knightley to your list of contenders for now.

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9 Comments

  • Andrew MacEwen | June 18, 2011 3:55 AMReply

    Acting crazy + nudity does NOT mean Oscar for Kiera, escpecially in a film as twisted as this is likely to be. That's the kind of cynical, ignorant, dismissive talk you get from people who would rather be watching a Jimmy Cameron film than something worthwhile. Cronenberg is the kind of director that the Academy predictably, and unfortunately, hates. I will go on record as saying that this film, no matter how great it might prove to be, will not win ANY major awards.

  • cc | June 18, 2011 3:49 AMReply

    1. Kiera Knightley + nudity = "One for the 7:00 of A Dangerous Method, please."

    2. I don't know who this "Jimmy Cameron" is that you referreing too, but I assume it's some lame filmmaker who puts out lousy movies, and not James Cameron, whose excellent films are most certainly very worthwhile.

  • Sue | June 17, 2011 8:04 AMReply

    Acting crazy + Nudity = Oscar for Keira.

  • CC | June 17, 2011 7:23 AMReply

    I'm not trying to claim there's any direct connection, but the characters, setting and story are very evocative of Terence Malick's unmade script "The English Speaker".

  • Kathy | June 17, 2011 6:13 AMReply

    And who says IMDb is worthless!

  • TRipleHorn | June 17, 2011 5:56 AMReply

    Everyone in the audience hated it....OSCAH!!!!

    Definitely interested in this but it just seems way too dark and f'ed up to get legit awards traction.

  • Hester | June 17, 2011 5:50 AMReply

    This was posted to boards too: "By the way, I thought the movie was exquisite. Viggo Mortensen(with maybe the exception of The Road and A History of Violence),Keira Knightly,and Michael Fassbender all do their best work ever in this.Not to mention some blazing chemistry between the last two,the movie was surprisingly tender at the end because of this. I haven't seen all of Michael's work,but he delivers an intense performance. Keira's screen presence cannot be denied in this. She had the bulk of the material to work with and she gives an emotionally shattering performance. Viggo, well,we can always expect great stuff from him. He is not featured as much as the other two however. I heard it's playing at Venice,be prepared for some awesome reviews to come out of there. Also can't forget about Cronenberg,who makes the idea of psychoanalysis so intense and interesting on the big screen. There is some sadomasochism(s&m) in the film, be prepared to see some butts and breasts." http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1571222/board/thread/182958194?d=182958194#182958194

  • Rachel | June 17, 2011 5:49 AMReply

    Wait, he's the ONLY one in the audience who liked it? Anyways. I hope its not a disappointment.

  • wray | June 17, 2011 5:47 AMReply

    Sounds similar to ashley Judd's scene in bug, descrptipn/ reaction wise, which floored me. I hope this scene can come close to that one.

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