My Name Was Sabina Spielrein | Chicago Reader

My Name Was Sabina Spielrein

With historical reenactments and actors' voice-overs, this 2002 portrait of pioneering psychoanalyst Sabina Spielrein lies somewhere between a documentary and a biopic. The narrative devices may fall short of explaining the enigmatic doctor, but they illustrate the scope of her contribution to science. As a teenager Spielrein was treated for hysteria by C.G. Jung, and her erotic attachment to him continued through their later friendship and professional competition. She broke new ground in child psychology, the causal relation between destruction and creativity, and the psychological significance of mythology; these last two informed Jung's theory of the collective unconscious, though his acknowledgment was limited to a single footnote. Elisabeth Marton directed the film, whose dolorous tone is accentuated by a monochromatic palette. In English and subtitled German. 90 min.

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