Nearing the end of a ten week European shoot, the first images of David Cronenberg’s (A History of Violence) A Dangerous Method have surfaced online via The Playlist, tt.com and heute.at. The film, which stars Viggo Mortensen and young-Magneto/Michael Fassbender as psychiatrists Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung respectively, portrays the relationship of Jung and patient Sabina Spielrein (played by Keira Knightley) and the imbalance it eventually causes between Jung and his mentor-Freud.
Hit the jump for a synopsis as well as a look at the impressive images as the costume and makeup for both Mortensen and Fassbender seem to be very accurate representations of their critical thinking counterparts. Based on the acclaimed 2002 play The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton, A Dangerous Method is currently anticipating a 2011 release.
“Overshadowed by portents of the coming wars, Zurich and Vienna are the setting for this tale of emotional vicissitude and intellectual debate. The Talking Cure (A Dangerous Method) is an intimate picture of the birth of psychoanalysis and of two intense and inextricably interwoven relationships. Carl Jung uses Sigmund Freud’s “talking cure” on Sabina, a young Russian hysteric with whom he will fall in love. Impressed with Jung’s results, Freud anoints him his successor, but when Jung develops his own theories they part ways. Sensitive and intelligent, The Talking Cure (A Dangerous Method) illuminates one of the twentieth century’s most influential schools of thought.”
Finally, in case you can’t get enough of Cronenberg, he is set to begin filming the thriller Cosmopolis starring Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard shortly after finishing up work on A Dangerous Method.