Veteran Canadian director David Cronenberg has regularly offered strange cinematic visions, a combination of science fiction with psychological and philosophical inquiry. They include: Scanners, Videodrome, Crash, eXistenZ, and Spider. His latest, Cosmopolis, will add to his reputation for exploring the warped and weird but won’t make my list of filmic entertainment.
Just over 100 years ago, Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung encountered a patient, Sabina Spielrein, who prompted him to use his newly theorized talking cure. Over time, she improved remarkably, drawing them together intimately—into a long-term professional and sexual relationship. At the same time, conversations ensued between Jung and Sigmund Freud, colleagues in the psychoanalytical realm and soon disputants.