A Dangerous Method
A Dangerous Method (2011) tells the story of Carl Gustav Jung's (Michael Fassbender) ralationship to Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and his patient and later colleague Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley).
The film is directed by David Cronenberg with music composed by Cronenberg's long time collaborator Howard Shore. In addition to Shores original music the soundtrack contains his adaption of several Richard Wagner motifs, as well as a full adaption of Siegfried Idyll arranged for solo piano (the complete version played by Lang Lang is available on the soundtrack CD).
The soundtrack is another splendid result of David Cronenberg's collaboration with award-winning composer Howard Shore, who has worked in the classical concert world as well as the film world. Cronenberg started his career with horror films like The Brood, Scanners, The Fly - films with a typical Cronenberg touch delving into themes like bodily disintegration and decay. Later his films moved more in the direction of psychological dramas reaching the peak with Dead Ringers, the mesmerizing film about two twin gynecologists (both played by Jeremy Irons).
A Dangerous Method contains elements of sado-masochistic love (between Jung and Spielrein). Unconventional sexuality has been a theme running through Cronenberg's work, most explicitly dealt with in Crash (1996) about a TV director who discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents to produce raw sexual energy.
Cronenberg has collaborated with composer Howard Shore on all of his films since The Brood (1979).
The screenplay was adapted by writer Christopher Hampton from his 2002 stage play The Talking Cure, which was based on the 1993 non-fiction book by John Kerr, A Most Dangerous Method.