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Col Klink
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They're starting to put screenplays from 2023 online to read for award consideration and guess what. The script for Freud's Last Session is one of them. I haven't read it myself because I'm not that interested in Freud, but I thought I'd mention it in case anyone on this forum would like to give it a read.

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Posted : November 22, 2023 8:08 am
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Posted by: @col-klink

 I haven't read it myself because I'm not that interested in Freud, 

For what it's worth, the original play is at least 50/50 split between Lewis and Freud's intellectual viewpoints. Undoubtedly they will be adding some content for the movie adaptation, but I can't see the balance shifting too far in either direction.

Anyway, there is also a new trailer out... 

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Topic starter Posted : December 4, 2023 4:26 pm
Col Klink
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So... a writer I find interesting did a review of this movie and I'm reluctant to bring it up because it's a negative review and I don't want to bring everybody down. FWIW though I actually don't agree with this writer on a lot of things, particularly movies. There are plenty that he wouldn't recommend that I would and vice versa. That being said, movies like this have an appeal for him they don't have for me, so his review probably speaks for a sizeable chunk of the target audience. He does praise some aspects of the movie, particularly Hopkins's performance, and his criticism is interesting even though, like I said, he's probably wrong. Giggle  

‘Freud’s Last Session’ Imagines A Debate With CS Lewis On The Existence Of God (religionunplugged.com)

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Posted : December 14, 2023 7:48 am
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To be fair, most of his comments seem pretty much in line with most of the mainstream reviews - that the inserted flashback scenes, far from elevating the stage-bound source material into the cinematic realm, simply serves to distract from the main head-to-head debate and disrupts the pace and momentum.

Also, based on the original play, i would also agree that the debate never really goes into a great deal of emotional or intellectual depth - its more of a surface level jaunt through each of their "greatest hits" as he says. Still, i quite enjoyed the repartee of the original play's dialogue, which whilst not quite Aaron Sorkin levels of quippy back-and-forth, was still entertaining and engaging all the same, so i'll probably go and see the movie regardless,.

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Topic starter Posted : December 14, 2023 1:16 pm
Col Klink
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Posted by: @icarus

To be fair, most of his comments seem pretty much in line with most of the mainstream reviews - that the inserted flashback scenes, far from elevating the stage-bound source material into the cinematic realm, simply serves to distract from the main head-to-head debate and disrupts the pace and momentum.

FWIW, the stuff about the flashbacks in reviews has actually made me respect the movies' marketing more. Giggle I thought it was silly how they were making a movie about a philosophical discussion look like a horror movie. But some of the stuff in the flashbacks sounds like it could be considered kind of horror-esque. 

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Posted : December 15, 2023 7:21 am
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So does the movie mention that Jill Flewett, a teenager who stayed with C. S. Lewis during air raids, much like the four Pevensies did with Prof. Kirke, later married Sigmund Freud's grandson, Clement? I'm kind of assuming they don't mention that since no Narniawebber who has seen the play has. But they totally should have mentioned it. LOL  

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