You'd think by now that every great classic film would be available on DVD but on Monday 23rd April two unreleased films to UK DVD finally come out: Freud - directed by the legendary John Huston is a magnificent film noir starring Montgomery Clift, whilst The Execution of Private Slovik - an 8 Emmy Award nominated war classic - stars the always brilliant Martin Sheen. Win them both here!
Here's the kind of searing drama you can expect to find in the films:
Vienna, 1885, and gifted young neurologist Sigmund Freud (Montgomery Clift) has begun to experiment with the use of hypnosis in the treatment of two psychotic patients, one a young man (David McCallum) with an obsessive hatred of his father, the other a young woman named Cecily Koertner (Susannah York) whose deep-rooted mental problems repeatedly manifest themselves as debilitating physical ailments. Concentrating on examining and attempting to explain the recurring nightmares that have left Cecily sexually repressed, hysterical and fixated on her dead father, Freud develops a theory that links the subconscious to erotic fantasies that he believes go back to childhood. As he makes progress with curing Cecily’s condition, Freud’s work leads him to uncovering the origins of his own previously ignored neuroses.
THE EXECUTION OF PRIVATE SLOVIK:
Following a youth blighted by petty crime and two brief spells in prison, Eddie Slovik (Martin Sheen) is paroled in the spring of 1942 and decides to turn his life around by getting a steady job and going straight. Employed by a local plumbing firm, he meets and marries the company’s bookkeeper, Antoinette, and the pair begins a period of wedded bliss reassured by the fact that Eddie’s criminal record classifies him as unfit for duty in the War raging around the globe. But, completely out of the blue, Eddie is reclassified and is immediately drafted by the US Army, eventually finding himself on his way to the front lines in France. During the journey, an artillery attack separates Eddie and his buddy (Gary Busey) from their unit and results in them taking refuge with a Canadian military police unit.
Finally returning to duty six weeks later, Eddie decides he would rather face a court martial than be forced to fight and, in all likelihood, be killed during the European conflict. Expecting a dishonourable discharge from the army and to be jailed until the end of the war, Eddie delivers a note confessing to being a deserter and stating his intention to run away again if necessary. But, after being taken into custody and placed in the military division’s stockade as expected (and desired), Eddie’s life takes a tragic turn when the circumstances surrounding his case and the US army’s situation in France conspire to seal his fate.
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