1 October 2005
Many organisations, museums and broadcasters are about to pay tribute to Sigmund Freud in 2006 to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth.
Moving Image Communications Ltd holds a 26 minute film made from amateur footage shot between 1930 and 1939, providing an intimate portrait of the founder of psychoanalysis.
The film starts with a colour introduction by Anna Freud, Freud's youngest daughter, in 1978 at the age of 83. She provides a commentary that includes invaluable information about the everyday events and special moments in the Freud family life.
The film features Freud's mother, his wife and children as well as many friends and colleagues.
A good example includes a sequence shot in Bergasse 19, Vienna where Freud established his medical practice and worked on developing the theories and methods of psychoanalysis. The filmed scenes show the consulting room with his desk and many paintings, photographs and figurines. Other shots of Freud show him enjoying various rented summer houses.
When Germany invaded Austria in 1938, Freud and his family managed to move to London, via Paris.
Our amateur film captured the London period and shows both Elsworthy Road and Maresfield Gardens; the latter home has unique material of Freud during his last birthday party.
Sigmund Freud died in September 1939.