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Who's Afraid of Wilhelm Reich? [electronic resource]: A 21st-Century Reappraisal

Autlook Filmsales GmbH
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The Austrian-born psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, whose work varied from profound to radically unconventional, died in an American prison in 1957. This program documents his life and the progressively defiant actions and ideas that brought it to such an ignominious end. Interviews with prominent members of Germany's medical and psychoanalytic community help to clarify Reich's initially productive collaboration with Sigmund Freud-specifically, how Freud's concept of the libido influenced Reich's theories concerning what he called "orgone," or life energy. The wide array of scientific conclusions that Reich reached before and after immigrating to the U.S., his interactions with Albert Einstein, and detailed recollections from his daughters Eva and Lore, are also featured.
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95 min.
Portions are in other languages with English subtitles
13 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 03, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • World Against Wilhelm Reich (4:02)
  • Early Years of Wilhelm Reich (3:12)
  • Reich and Libido (3:19)
  • Sexual Repression and Political Environment (2:13)
  • Reich's View of Mechanical Humans (4:24)
  • Wilhelm Reich in Berlin (3:26)
  • Wilhelm Reich's Theory of Sexual Power (2:04)
  • Authoritarian Rule and Sexual and Emotional Repression (4:46)
  • Autonomy and Slavery (1:49)
  • Wilhelm Reich: Freedom and Fear (1:05)
  • Neuroses and Patriarchy (1:14)
  • Wilhelm Reich on Birth and Babies (5:03)
  • Loving Hands of Eva Reich (2:00)
  • Freud vs. Wilhelm Reich (2:24)
  • Psychoanalytic Style (4:22)
  • Reich's Life Journey (1:28)
  • Life Energy: Orgone (3:39)
  • Body/Mind Connection (4:34)
  • Reich's Theory of Life Energy (3:40)
  • Orgone Energy (3:06)
  • Wilhelm Reich and Albert Einstein (1:45)
  • Cancer Treatment (2:39)
  • Cancer Treatment and Holism (3:28)
  • Reich's Therapy in Application (1:59)
  • Cancer: Mirror to Unfulfilled Life (2:17)
  • Defamation of Wilhelm Reich (4:10)
  • Einstein's Rejection of Reichian Theory (4:09)
  • Orgone and Radioactive Material (2:26)
  • Reich's Belief in Orgone (1:44)
  • Wilhelm Reich: Rainmaker (2:35)
  • Death of Wilhelm Reich (4:27)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2009.
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42046 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (95 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
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