Lou Andreas-Salome: The Audacity To Be Free

Based on the memoir of Lou Andreas-Salomé, the woman who enraptured 19th century Europe’s greatest minds, German filmmaker Cordula Post-Kablutz captures the spirit of the brilliant novelist, poet, philosopher, psychoanalyst, and early feminist. Salomé’s desire to live a life free from convention actually scandalized society. But she also spurred genius and passion in others, including Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Rée and her lover, the poet Rainer Marie Rilke. Under the tutelage of Sigmund Freud, she became the first female psychoanalyst. The film production and stellar cast realize the very best of the European art film tradition. In German, Italian, and Russian with subtitles. (113 mins)

Introduction by film curator Barbara Gardner.