Sigmund Freud’s Home Movies: Rare Glimpse of Private Life

Via Open Culture: Not long ago we posted the only known recording of Sigmund Freud’s voice. Today we present rare home movies of the founder of modern psychology, captured during the last decade of his life.

The scenes are narrated by Freud’s youngest daughter Anna, who allowed the footage to be shown only within the psychoanalytic community before her death in 1982. The first scenes in the clip above were filmed in 1932 at Freud’s summer home in Pötzleinsdorf, a suburb of Vienna. He is shown visiting with his old friend Emanuel Löwy, an archaeologist, and petting his dog Jofi. The next sequence was shot between 1934 and 1937 at Freud’s later summer home in Grinzing, now a district of Vienna. It shows Freud relaxing with a book while his wife Martha and her sister, Minna Bernays, do their sewing. The movies were made by Freud’s friend and patient Mark Brunswick, husband of the psychoanalyst Ruth Mack Brunswick, a close associate of Freud’s.

You can watch the complete 24-minute film from which these scenes were taken on YouTube. And you can view or download a series of annotated clips at the Freud Museum Web site.

YT: A DVD featuring the Freud Home movies. Made from amateur footage shot between 1930 and 1939, the film starts with a colour introduction by Anna Freud, Freud's youngest daughter. She provides a commentary that includes invaluable information about the everyday events and special moments in the Freud family life.

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