This is a film about the making of the graphic novel 'The Wolf Man' (the first of SelfMadeHero's Graphic Freud series) by Richard Appignanesi and Sława Harasymowicz.

Vienna, 1910. A young Russian aristocrat, Sergei Pankejeff , desperately seeks the help of Sigmund Freud at his home in Bergstrasse. Freud’s analysis comes to focus on his patient’s disturbing childhood dream of a menacing pack of white wolves perched on the tree outside his bedroom window. It was the interpretation of this dream that earned Pankejeff his enduring sobriquet “The Wolf Man” – and Freud his central position in modern thought. We follow the course of Pankejeff’s troubled life, and the attempt by Freud, and subsequent analysts, to unravel the source of his crippling neurosis.‘The Wolf Man’ – or ‘From the History of an Infantile Neurosis’ (1918), as Freud’s paper was originally titled – is one of the founding texts of modern psychoanalysis, and one of a series of clinical case histories from which Freud extrapolated his incalculably influential theories of psychosexual development. From “transference” to the Oedipus complex, the super-ego to the “primal scene”, the classic canon of Freud’s psychoanalytic writing blurred the boundary between science and literature, and continues to provoke fierce debate to this day. Pankejeff underwent what he called an ‘interminable analysis’ – almost to the end of his long life – during which bore witness to some of the century’s momentous events: from his early years under Tsarist privilege, the First World War, the Russian Revolution, the Nazi regime and the Cold War. Pankejeff was a remarkably resilient survivor. But was he ever ‘cured’? He himself remained uncertain.

The Wolf Man 9781906838447 £14.99 SelfMadeHero

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