Canadian horror master, director David Cronenberg’s new film, A Dangerous Method - which charts the birth of psychoanalysis in the early 1900s and more specifically, the tumultuous relationship between neurologist Sigmund Freud, his gifted pupil Carl Jung and a beautiful young woman - has hit YouTube et al ahead of the film’s release.
Based on Christopher Hampton’s stage play The Talking Cure, the film stars Cronenberg go-to leading man Viggo Mortensen (see also A History Of Violence and Eastern Promises) as Freud opposite increasingly critically acclaimed Michael Fassbender as the youthful Jung and Keira Knightley as the woman at the centre of the tale. Vincent Cassel also stars in the Canadian-German co-production shot on location in Austria, Switzerland and Germany.
As Clash Music reports, Cronenberg has also utilized the talents of his other regular contributors; Howard Shore has composed the score with cinematography overseen by the always brilliant Peter Suschitzky. IMDb has the film listed for a November release; definitely worth waiting for.
In other Cronenberg news, the director is currently shooting as adaptation of author Don DeLillio’s Cosmopolis in Toronto with Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson. As the AV Club cheekily notes, “Pattinson replaces previously named star Colin Farrell... as Eric Packer, whose Ulysses-like journey across a Manhattan traffic jam to get a haircut is beset by various disasters, encounters with oversexed women and “pastry assassins,” and gambles that could lead to his personal ruin.
“The also previously announced Paul Giamatti and Marion Cotillard (as Packer’s wife) are still expected to co-star, so there’s no explanation yet for why Cronenberg decided he liked Pattinson more than Farrell. Unless he himself is actually a teenaged girl, who maybe thinks Farrell is all icky now. But it must be said that Cronenberg will likely do marvelous things with Pattinson's natural ghostly pallor.”