Dangerous Relation

Friday, February 3, 2012
Dangerous Relation

A Dangerous Method Trailer 2011 Official


Subj:I’m gonna see

“A Dangerous Method”



From: diane@vancouver.ca
To: barclay1720@aol.com
Date: Thu, Jan 26, 2012 6:21 pm.

Hi Kato,
My music lovin’ Taliesin,

How nice to hear from you.
It’s odd timing you should ask about my piano lessons ~ just half-hour or so ago had my Thursday lesson; doing them every second Thursday now.
Now if only I could find enough time to practise. Well, maybe there’s time, but guess I’ve got to find the desire to practise more. Egads!
My teacher is a lot of fun and a good teacher as well.
He works out at the same gym as I do, so he’s always bugging me about practising.
He says “if only you could develop the same love for the piano as you have for the gym, things would really start progressing”.
But, hey, you can’t force it, I guess.

My piano teacher looks more like a playboy muscleman than a piano teacher, but can he ever play beautifully.
You may have heard of him.
Sometimes my piano teacher plays down the street from the library at the Italian Restaurant & Piano Bar—Ciao Bella.



He rarely agrees to teach, so guess I’m lucky.

I do like the piano, a lot really, but I’m not passionate about playing.
Getting a wee bit better as time goes on, I guess.
Guess you thought I just started with the violin as well, but actually I’ve been playing rather regularly since 2004 … having learned to play piano when I was young and then at around 12 yrs old switching to the violin which I played for about 3 years or so .. obviously, though, I’m much better on the violin, just because I’ve been at it longer.
Not good enough to teach, that’s for sure.
A long way to go, kiddo! :)


Thanks for the Sarah Chang’s “Zigeunerweisen.”
It was lovely.

Thanks also for reminding me of “The Piano”.


“Piano Lesson”

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I remember seeing it but had forgotten it was Holly Hunter who played the violinist .. 1993 – holy cow!
When I finish this e-mail, I’m going to go straight to VPL and reserve the DVD to see again.
It certainly was a fabulous creative movie.
Reminds me also that in my earlier days, folks used to tell me that I looked like Holly Hunter .. sort of the fine features I guess .. don’t hear it any more.

Thanks again, Kato,
Going to see “A Dangerous Method” tomorrow.


The movie is about the relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung and one of their mutual patients who has an affair with Jung.
It should be fascinating; wordy most likely, but fascinating nevertheless.

…hope you’re doing well and getting out and getting lots of exercise,

Love, Diane ~

Diane, did you see “A Dangerous Method”?

Yes, I did.

How did you like it?

Well…quite interesting, but more shocking than I expected.

Oh…in what way?

You see, Kato… I’m always trying to be open-minded, but while I was watching the movie, I thought Sabina Spielrein—a patient and a heroine—went too far…too far beyond my understanding.

A Dangerous Method


A Dangerous Method is a 2011 historical film directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Vincent Cassel.
The screenplay was adapted by Academy Award-winning 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: the story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein.

The film marks the third consecutive and overall collaboration between Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen (after A History of Violence and Eastern Promises).
This is also the third Cronenberg film made with British film producer Jeremy Thomas, after completing together the William Burroughs adaptation Naked Lunch and the J.G. Ballard adaptation Crash.
A Dangerous Method was a German/Canadian co-production.
The film premiered at The 68th Venice Film Festival and was also featured at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.


Set on the eve of World War I, A Dangerous Method is based on the turbulent relationships between Carl Jung, founder of analytical psychology, Sigmund Freud, founder of the discipline of psychoanalysis, and Sabina Spielrein, initially a patient of Jung and later a physician and one of the first female psychoanalysts.

SOURCE: “A Dangerous Method”
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Really?…How far did Sabina go beyond your understanding?

Sabina isn’t just a mentally ill seductress but she is a woman stifled by expectation, attempting to grapple with the intense shame of repressed sexuality.

Oh… the intense shame of repressed sexuality?

Yes, with Carl Jung’s help, Sabina was trying to speak some unspeakable things no one had ever asked her to articulate before.  This is the talking care, and this is what the movie’s title means—“A Dangerous method.”

I see…sounds fascinating.  But what are those unspeakable things?

Well…, Sabina is a young attractive woman, coming from a wealthy family of a respectable middle or upper class.  Apparently, she has an intense shame of repressed sexuality, but she tries to speak out that she was once sexually aroused by her father beating her to the point that she masturbated.  This is the thing I cannot understand.

So, Sabina is quite mazochistic, eh?

You’re telling me, Kato…Sabina tried to speak out but couldn’t let these things out of her mouth. This is where her facial deformity comes from.

Facial deformity?

Yes, Sabina’s jaw is practically dislocated by fierce tics and her body is contorted as she convulses.

Wow…must be a quite shocking scene.

Yes, it is indeed.

You know what, Diane? … David Cronenberg’s movies are always weirdest, kinkiest, or most disturbingly vicious.  I saw “The Fly”, “Naked Lunch”, “Crash”, and “A History of Violence.” His films are always like that.


Well… Cronenberg once said, “My lifelong fascination with human psychology isn’t so much about understanding ‘why?’, but in asking ‘why not?'”

Kato, what does it mean?

Otto Gross—Carl Jung’s colleague—once said, “Why should we assume having sex with our patients is a bad thing? Maybe it’s a good thing. Maybe under the terms of psychoanalysis, it can work under ceratin circumstances.”  Likewise, Cronenberg’s way of thinking might have moved from “Why should we assume having with the patient is a bad ting? Maybe it’s a good thing.” to “Why not?”

I still don’t understand what you’re talking about.

You don’t?  Diane, look at the diagram below:


What is this?

I call this “Iceberg Model of Repressed Sexuality.”

Repressed sexuality is only the tip of the whole iceberg.  Is that what you’re getting at?

You’re absolutely right on, Diane.  If Cronenberg really wanted to know the nitty-gritty of represed sexuality, he would’ve focused on the Victorian Prudery.

Victorian prudery

Clothing covered the entire body, we are told, and even the glimpse of an ankle was scandalous.
Critics contend that corsets constricted women’s bodies and women’s lives.
Homes are described as gloomy, dark, cluttered with massive and over-ornate furniture and proliferating bric-a-brac.

Myth has it that even piano legs were scandalous, and covered with tiny pantalettes.


Of course, much of this is untrue, or a gross exaggeration.

Corsets stressed a woman’s sexuality, exaggerating hips and bust by contrast with a tiny waist.
Women’s ball gowns bared the shoulders and the tops of the breasts.
The jersey dresses of the 1880s may have covered the body, but the stretchy novel fabric fitted the body “like a glove”.

There is no actual evidence that piano legs were considered scandalous.
Pianos and tables were often draped with shawls or cloths—but if the shawls hid anything, it was the cheapness of the furniture.
There are references to lower-middle-class families covering up their pine tables rather than show that they couldn’t afford mahogany.

The piano leg story seems to have originated in Captain Frederick Marryat’s 1839 book, Diary in America, as a satirical comment on American prissiness.

Victorian manners, however, may have been as strict as imagined—on the surface.
One simply did not speak publicly about sex, childbirth, and such matters, at least in the respectable middle and upper classes.
However, as is well known, discretion covered a multitude of sins.
Prostitution flourished.
Upper-class men and women indulged in adulterous liaisons.

Victorian Women

Some people now look back on the Victorian era with wistful nostalgia.
Historians would say that this is as much a distortion of the real history as the stereotypes emphasizing Victorian repression and prudery.
Women were not allowed to swim, for it would be frowned upon as “bad etiquette”.
Women also had to wear special suits to ride bikes.

Also notable is a contemporary counter-cultural trend called steampunk.
Those who dress steampunk often wear Victorian-style clothing that has been “tweaked” in edgy ways: tattered, distorted, melded with Goth fashion, Punk, and Rivethead styles.
Another example of Victorian fashion being incorporated into a contemporary style is the Gothic and Classic Lolita Fashion culture.

Victorian Women

and Prostitution

SOURCE: “Victorian Prudery”
PICTURES: from the Denman Library

You see, Diane,… without the Victorian prudery, you could hardly understand the Sabina’s repressed sexuality because the Victorian manners demanded that Sabina should not speak publicly about sex, childbirth, and such matters.

I see.

I suppose, Cronenberg is more interested in the tip of the iceberg—-that is, Carl Jung embarked on an sado-mazochistic affair with his patient, Sabina.  If Cronenberg had focused on the Victorian Prudery, you would’ve understood the shocking scenes with more empathy.

【Himiko’s Monologue】

Wow! … Sexual repression!
What a big word!
I don’t think I’ve ever been troubled by sexual repression.
Well…I know why I haven’t…’cause I used to go to the public bathhouse when I was a small girl.
Nudity and sexuality wasn’t a trouble at all at the time.

Maybe, I’m too open-minded.
This state of mind might have been the cause of my being single because most men like a modest girl with the Victorian manners.
I wish my open-mindedness could attract my “Romeo”—a decent man in my future life.

How come I’m always a loner?
I wish I could meet a nice gentleman at the library in my town as Diane met Kato.
Well, they say, there is a way where there is a will.

I hope Kato will write another interesting article.
So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!
Bye bye …

If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:

“Hello Diane!”

“I wish you were there!”

“Jane Eyre”

“Jane Eyre Again”

“Jane Eyre in Vancouver”

“Jane Eyre Special”

“Love & Death of Cleopatra”

“Nice Story”


“Spiritual Work or What?”

“What a coincidence!”

“Wind and Water”

“Yoga and Happiness”

“You’re in a good shape”




“Net Travel & Jane”

“Net Love”

“Complicated Love”

“Electra Complex”

“Net Début”

“Inner World”

“Madame Riviera and Burger”

“Roly-poly in the North”

“Amazing Grace”

“Diane in Paris”

“Diane in Montmartre”

“Diane Well Read”

“Wantirna South”

“Maiden’s Prayer”


“Squaw House and Melbourne Hotel”

“Tulips and Diane”

“Diane in Bustle Skirt”

“Diane and Beauty”

“Lady Chatterley and Beauty”

“Victorian Prudery”

“Diane Chatterley”

“From Canada to Japan”

“From Gyoda to Vancouver”

“Film Festival”

“Madame Taliesin”

“Happy Days”

“Vancouver Again”


“Midnight in Vancouver”

“Madame Lindbergh”

“Dead Poets Society”

“Letters to Diane”

“Taliesin Studio”

“Wright and Japan”

“Taliesin Banzai”

“Memrory Lane to Sendai”

“Aunt Sleepie”

“Titanic @ Sendai”


“Roly-poly in the wild”

“Silence is dull”

“Zen and Chi Gong”

“Piano Lesson”

Hi, I’m June Adames.

David Cronenberg is a Canadian filmmaker, screenwriter and actor.

He is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror or venereal horror genre.

This style of filmmaking explores people’s fears of bodily transformation and infection.

In his films, the psychological is typically intertwined with the physical.

In the first half of his career, he explored these themes mostly through horror and science fiction, although his work has since expanded beyond these genres.

He has been called “the most audacious and challenging narrative director in the English-speaking world.”

Cronenberg has cited William S. Burroughs and Vladimir Nabokov as influences.

Perhaps the best example of a film that straddles the line between his works of personal chaos and psychological confusion is Cronenberg’s “adaptation” of his literary hero William S. Burroughs’ most controversial book, Naked Lunch.

The book was considered “unfilmable” and Cronenberg acknowledged that a straight translation into film would “cost 100 million dollars and be banned in every country in the world”.







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