Secrets of a Soul
|Secrets of a Soul|
|Directed by||Georg Wilhelm Pabst|
|Produced by||Hans Neumann|
|Music by||Giuseppe Becce|
|Distributed by||Universum Film AG|
Martin Fellman, a learned professor, experiences nightmares that make him believe he is going insane. He fears that he is on the verge of murdering his wife, who loves him dearly. He hires Dr. Orth, a psychiatrist, to help him work out his psychoses.
Secrets of a Soul's producer Hans Neumann was a firm believer in the theories of Sigmund Freud and tried to get Freud to participate in the making of the film. Freud did not respond, so he hired Karl Abraham, a close associate of Freud's, as an adviser on the project, to help Neumann make the most psychologically realistic film possible.
From retrospective reviews, Troy Howarth commented in his book Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era that the film was "a reasonably compelling psychological thriller" and that "Krauss is too old for the part, which requires the viewer to believe that he's married to a childhood sweetheart easily 20 years younger than he is."