My Name Was Sabina Spielrein
My Name Was Sabina Spielrein (2002)

In 1977, the history of psychoanalysis was virtually rewritten with the discovery of a box of correspondences and diaries that had belonged to a noted, but largely unrecognized child psychologist named Sabina Spielrein. Filmmaker Elisabeth… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 7, 2002
DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Marton tells this romantic and tragic story economically and imaginatively.

Leslie Camhi
Village Voice

This evocative film is a poignant testament to the twin forces of love (however blighted) and the unconscious.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

Combining dramatic re-creations with readings from long-forgotten letters and journal entries, Elisabeth Marton's enlightening depiction of the life and tragic death of Sabina Spielrein has all the markings of a historical potboiler.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

A fascinating historical tale is rendered with less than compelling results in this pseudo-documentary.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Hats off to Elisabeth Marton, who has taken a bunch of dry facts and fashioned them into the gorgeous My Name Was Sabina Spielrein.

Dana Stevens
New York Times

The director Elisabeth Márton uses a trove of letters and diaries to tell the story of Sabina Spielrein, an important figure in the earliest days of psychoanalysis.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

When the director sticks to the facts, with narration, letters and photos, she brings Spielrein back to her appropriate place in history, as an influential figure in her own right.

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