Austrian director Axel Corti's 1976 biography of Sigmund Freud peers deep into the mind of the father of psychoanalysis, dramatizing key incidents in his emotional and intellectual development and speculating on their impact on Freud's later life and theories. The
film opens in 1938, with the 82-year-old Freud departing Nazi Germany, then abruptly flashes back to 1860 and his earliest memory: the humiliation of his Jewish father on the muddy streets of Freiburg, Moravia. As the adult Freud watches, Scrooge-like, from the wings, an off-screen narrator
(screenwriter and longtime Corti collaborator Georg Steffan Troller) prods him to consider how his Jewishness may ha...