Freud (1962): John Huston’s Curious Biopic Starring Montgomery Clift

John Huston directed Freud, a curious, somehow ambitious but not fully satisfying biopic of Sigmund Freud.

The lead is intriguingly played by Montgomery Clift in a brooding, introspective performance, one of his very last before untimely death.

Unfolding as a puzzle mystery, the screenplay attempts to link several episodes and crises in Freud’s private and professional life with his evolving therapeutic theories.

Initially, Freud was to be scripted by the French existentialist playwright Jean-Paul Sartre, who changed his mind when he realized the magnitude of the project.

The cast includes David McCallum, Susan Kohner, and Larry Parks, who had been blacklisted in the 1950s.


Oscar Nominations: 2

Story and Screenplay (Original): Charles Kaufman and Wolfgang Reinhardt

Music: Jerry Goldsmith


Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The Original Screenplay Oscar went to the Italian comedy, “Divorce—Italian Style.”  Maurice Jarre won the Score Oscar for David Lean’s epic, “Lawrence of Arabia,” which swept most of the awards that year.

Running time: 140 minutes.

Directed by John Huston

Released: December 12, 1962

Universal Pictures