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with Jeffrey Stern, Ph.D. of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis
MY NAME WAS SABINA SPIELREIN
(ICH HIESS SABINA SPIELREIN)
"Visual poetry. Mesmerizing!...A cinematic palimpsest, at once mysterious and illuminating." -Time Out NY
"This evocative film is a poignant testament to the twin forces of love (however blighted) and the unconscious." -Village Voice
"Hats off to Elisabeth Márton, who has taken a bunch of dry facts and fashioned them into the gorgeous My Name Was Sabina Spielrein." -New York Post
"This evocative film is a poignant testament to the twin forces of love (however blighted) and the unconscious." -New York Times
"A docudrama with an amazing human subject and an affecting, poetic style...Márton tells this romantic and tragic story economically and imaginatively" -Chicago Tribune
"The way these women manage to charm us with every conceivable psychic perfection until they have attained their purpose is one of nature's greatest spectacles."
She was known as a footnote in the annals of psychoanalysis and briefly mentioned in the existing correspondence between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. In 1977, the newly discovered diaries and letters of Sabina Spielrein revealed that she was so much more. The first client treated by Jung in analysis, the young Jewish woman went on to meet and work with Freud and became one of the first female psychoanalysts. (She was also the first to write about schizophrenia in children.) Spielrein, who heavily influenced Freud in many particulars, may have had a love affair with the womanising Jung, and, tragically, lost her life in the Holocaust, a fate that ended up relegating her to the back pages of history. My Name Was Sabina Spielrein is a powerful and provocative depiction of a trailblazer who never received the appreciation she deserved in life. As the filmmaker has stated, "Since Sabina Spielrein reemerged from oblivion through the discovery of her correspondence with Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung, numerous publications and interpretations of her life story and scientific work have appeared. The spectrum of phrases about her ranges from 'tragic victim' through 'incest victim' to 'seduction on the couch', 'scandalous connivance between Jung and Freud', and the feminist variant, the 'victim as heroine.' ...Classical elements of documentary films such as inserts from historical documents and photographs, archive films and newsreels will convey the objectivity of the film story, interwoven with subjective scenes from Sabina Spielrein's inner world."
Directed by Elisabeth Márton, Sweden/Switzerland/Denmark/Finland, 2002, 35mm, 90 mins. In English and German with English subtitles.
Jeffrey Stern, Ph.D., a graduate and a faculty member of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, will be here for a Q&A after the 3 p.m. screening on Sunday, March 5. He is also a lecturer at Rush University Medical School where he conducts discussions on Cinema and Theatre.