Article Number: 36
Hard Cover, English, Staple Binding, 246 Pages, 1900
Geoffrey Garrison

The Director's Cut

Freud's Doppelgaenger, The Cut, and Delted Scenes

The John Huston film Freud the Secret Passion (1962) presented the discovery of psychoanalysis as a detective story in which Sigmund Freud, played by Montgomery Clift, descends into the darkest depths of the psyche. (Engl.)

The John Huston film Freud the Secret Passion (1962) presented the discovery of psychoanalysis as a detective story in which Sigmund Freud, played by Montgomery Clift, descends into the darkest depths of the psyche.
A series of edits and erasures mark the history of the film: the screenplay was based on a complex scenario written by Jean-Paul Sartre and subsequently rewritten by a series of Hollywood screenwriters; further scenes were excised by the studio to make it acceptable to a broad audience; and nineteen minutes, including a key subplot, were edited out of the film when it was dubbed into German—Freud’s mother tongue.
In 2004 and 2005, artist Geoffrey Garrison composed the screenplay Freud’s Doppelgaenger as a fictional dramatization of the production of Freud the Secret Passion and the downfall of its star, Montgomery Clift. For the nineteen-minute video The Cut (2006), Garrison employed actors to re-enact scenes from his screenplay.
The Director's Cut contains both the screenplays Freud's Doppelgaenger and The Cut, as well as Deleted Scenes, a subplot that follows the failed marriage of Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe, the actress Sartre had wanted to play Freud's hysterical patient in the John Huston film.