Nineteen Nineteen

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For Sophie (Schell), the past is literally a foreign country; when she flies from New York to Vienna to see Alexander Scherbatov (Scofield), it is to explore that forgotten territory. For in 1919 they were both patients of Dr Freud. Together they dredge their memories, and map out not only the confessions of the couch, but also the huge historical shifts that separated them; like Freud himself, they were victims of the Nazi arrival. The film operates in much the same way as the talking cure itself; Freud's skilful probings are heard (Finlay's voice) though he is never seen; and the film makes sense of the past by the same shifting, organic, inexplicable process. A sensitive, interior film, with all the restorative power that Freud must have hoped for. CPea.

Release details

Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Hugh Brody
Screenwriter: Hugh Brody, Michael Ignatieff
Cast: Paul Scofield
Maria Schell
Frank Finlay
Diana Quick
Clare Higgins
Colin Firth
Sandra Berkin

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Pierre-André D

I was surprised, to say the least, when I learned that Michael Ignatieff - currently leader of the Canadian federal Liberal Party - is co-author in this film's scenario. I was able to reach him through his party's website, and he told me he himself does not own a copy of the film...! Now when will this great production see the light of day on DVD?

Pierre-André D

I was surprised, to say the least, when I learned that Michael Ignatieff - currently leader of the Canadian federal Liberal Party - is co-author in this film's scenario. I was able to reach him through his party's website, and he told me he himself does not own a copy of the film...! Now when will this great production see the light of day on DVD?

Pierre-André D

This film is so good that Hollywood should hate it. It is among my top 10 movies of all time. I simply cannot get it, that no distributor has yet taken it upon themselves to get it out on the market in DVD format!! Incredibly frustrating. I sqw it twice in the year it came out, and have been looking for it since.

Pierre-André D

This film is so good that Hollywood should hate it. It is among my top 10 movies of all time. I simply cannot get it, that no distributor has yet taken it upon themselves to get it out on the market in DVD format!! Incredibly frustrating. I sqw it twice in the year it came out, and have been looking for it since.