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My Name Was Sabina Spielrein
My Name Was Sabina Spielrein
Actors: Eva Österberg, Lasse Almebäck, Mercedez Csampai, Palle Granditsky, Natalia Usmanova
Director: Elisabeth Márton
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
NR     2006     1hr 30min

A surprising find of letters and diaries in a basement in Switzerland revealed a love affair between the 29-year-old Carl Jung and his first patient, Sabina Spielrein. This unique relationship is dramatized based on the le...  more »


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Actors: Eva Österberg, Lasse Almebäck, Mercedez Csampai, Palle Granditsky, Natalia Usmanova
Director: Elisabeth Márton
Creators: Elisabeth Márton, Antonio Russo Merenda, Bengt Rittri, Bjoern Arvas, Kristina Hjertén von Gedda, Signe Mähler, Yolande Knobel
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Facets
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/27/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, German
Subtitles: English

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Nicely executed and focused, if a little shallow
Bill Kelso | Superior, CO USA | 11/05/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The story of Sabina Spielrein is becoming more well known. This is one of two movies on her life now. There are several books. As more research and scholarship is done, it is apparent that Sabina probably did NOT have a love affair with Jung as depicted in - and central to - this film. The definitive Sabina Speilrein movie has not been made yet, it my opinion. It seels that many people sense a sort of 'grander mystery' behind Speilrein's story when they first hear it, but this film only hints at that rather than unfolding it further. But this attempt does what it does well."
Fascinating "docudrama" on the hidden history of psychoanaly
Douglas Broehl | Delafield, Wis. | 09/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a very interesting "docudrama" on a little known episode in the history of psychoanalysis. It tells the story of how the young Carl Jung treated his first patient, and how their doctor-patient relationship eventually developed into a passionate love affair. This affair was unknown until 1977, when Spielrein's diary and several letters were discovered in the basement of a building in Geneva, Switzerland, nearly thirty years after she had died. In the film we learn how Spielrein wanted to have a child with Jung, how Jung broke off the relationship, and how Spielrein coped with his rejection. One of the most interesting aspects of this film is how Sabina Spielrein made important contributions to the history of psychology, yet they were generally unrecognized publically by Freud and Jung. The film tells the story by dramatic recreations, narration, authentic photographs and letters. It is a very professionally made film, and the dramatic recreations are acted well and fit the film perfectly. I loved this film and it is a wonderful tribute to Ms. Spielrein. Sadly, Spielrein died in a Nazi concentration camp in 1942. If you are at all interested in Carl Jung and the history of psychology you MUST have this film. I saw it in the spring of 2006 in Chicago, and it haunted me for weeks. It is a very powerful film, almost Shakespearen in mood, tone and feel. I HIGHLY recommend it."