These reviewers of David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method mention that this film about Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein was based on a play, but they don't discuss Christopher Hampton's film script specifically. As I mentioned in my own review of the film, the dialogue's emphasis on psychoanalytical concepts and terminology is perfectly in keeping with the kinds of characters the screenplay deals with. Just imagine David Cronenberg, David Lynch and David Fincher hanging out together - of course they'll be talking about writing scripts and making films. Why should Freud, Jung and Spielrein be any different with respect to their passions when it comes to giving them a cinematic afterlife? The point is that Hampton's script dramatizes all of the psychoanalytical lingo heard in the film and puts that fascinating language in the service of each character's driving ambition. With psychological, and for Jung, spiritual health at stake, what the characters say doesn't matter nearly as much as how their dialogue motivates their actions. And it is very clear that the characters of Jung, Freud and Spielrein are driven by some very deep psychological and spiritual suffering indeed. In fact, the narrative presentation of their needs falls perfectly in line with the stories Cronenberg has been telling all along.
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