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Freud: The Secret Passion

Released 1962
Distributor Universal

The Secret Passion was added when John Huston’s pseudo-biopic flopped in 1962, but the little-seen film has its adherents, and some consider it one of Huston’s best pictures. Susannah York is the composite patient who exhibits all the relevant symptoms to illustrate Freud’s theories.

About Howard Rodman

Howard A. Rodman, a Professor and former Chair of the screenwriting program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and an artistic director of the Sundance Screenwriting Labs, wrote Savage Grace with Julianne Moore, August with Josh Hartnett and David Bowie, and the opening night film of the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, Joe Gould’s Secret, with Ian Holm and Stanley Tucci. The sleaziest character in Steven Soderbergh’s film The Underneath is named “Howard Rodman,” for reasons which need not be enumerated here.