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Secrets of a Soul

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Cast
Werner Krauss, Ruth Weyher, Ilka Gruning
Released
1926
Sigmund Freud
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Title: “A Psychoanalytic Film”

Title: “Inside every person there are desires and passions which remain unknown to 'consciousness.' In the dark hours of psychological conflict, these 'unconscious' drives attempt to assert themselves. Mysterious illnesses arise from such struggles, the resolution and cure of which form the field of psychoanalysis.”
”In the hands of the 'psychoanalytically trained' doctor the teachings of university professor Sigmund Freud represent an important advance in the treatment of these types of psychological illnesses.” (0:01)

Martin tells his wife and her cousin, “I cannot touch the knife.” Inhibition? (0:33)

Psychoanalyst Dr. Orth tells Martin, “You left this key lying in the cafe. Is there some reason you’re reluctant to enter your house?” (0:36)

Martin tells his mother, “ -- and worst of all last night I felt a sudden compulsion to kill my wife whom I love more than anything -- !” (0:41)

Martin tells Dr. Orth, “It is impossible for me to touch a knife -- !”
”I am happily married and yet -- yesterday evening I was overcome with an almost irresistible urge to kill my wife -- isn't that crazy --?”
Orth: ”No -- but it may be a sign of serious psychological illness! Perhaps I can help you. There is a method -- called psychoanalysis -- that I like to apply with such illnesses.” (0:44)

By telephone Orth tells Martin’s wife, “I’m taking charge of your husband’s treatment. It is better during the treatment period, which will last several months, that your husband does not live at home.” Psychotherapist triangle? (0:46)

Martin in session with Orth. Orth: “You can be cured only when we have worked together to uncover the “unconscious” psychological conflicts which led to your illness” (0:47)

Martin, in session with Orth, lies on the couch. Orth: “The impressions of that morning shook you greatly --- psychologically.”
”That is a typical mistake to make when receiving news that is ‘unconsciously’ unwelcome.” (0:49)

Martin imagines, or dreams, of his wife in a room with other women and her cousin who smokes a hookah. Martin tells Orth, “I was never consciously jealous of him.” (0:54)

Martin in session with Orth. Orth tells Martin, “Since we have learned to interpret it, the dream has become the most important door to our knowledge of the unconscious!”
”You may not give in to this resistance!”
Orth interprets Martin’s dream: “In your nightmare, the small wound on your wife's neck flowed together with the crime in the nearby house -- for this reason you saw yourself condemned as a murderer. These dream fantasies led, in your consciousness, to a morbid aversion to touching a knife. So this psychological illness kept you from killing your wife!” (0:59)

Martin in session with Orth. Martin: “In the dream I got into a furious rage --”
”I am able to touch a knife again!” (1:07)