When Nietzsche Wept

Synopsis: Viennese doctor Josef Breuer meets with philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to help him deal with his despair.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Pinchas Perry
Production: Millennium Films
105 min

Doctor Breuer.

I must see you on a

matter of life or death.

Meet me at nine tomorrow

morning at the Cafe Rousse.

A matter of

life or death! H mpf!

Doctor Breuer?

Lou Salome.

How do you do?

May I?

Would you like

a coffee?

Yes, caf latte.

Waiter, caf

latte, please.

My friend is preparing to kill himself.

This man's death would

have momentous consequences

for me, for you,

for all of the world.

Who is

this friend?

The philosopher

Friedrich Nietzsche.

Nietzsche? Should I know of him?

Not yet, but in time we

shall all know of him.

How do we confirm

a truth that has arrived

through disbelief and skepticism

and not through some childlike

wishing something were so.

It is hard to be in God's

hands. It's not truth.

It is a child's wish for the

everlasting blow to the nipple.

We have

evolutionary theory.

Evolutionary theory scientifically

demonstrates God's redundancy.

So Darwin himself

had not the courage

to follow

his evidence

to its true

conclusion. So...

where are we?

Surely you must all realize

we have created God...

and all

of us together

have killed him.


is dead.

My friend is sick.

What is the nature

of his illness?


Tormenting headaches.

My dear lady, I will see your friend.

I'm a physician.

I know you can cure

his physical condition.

That is not

why I am here.

Nietzsche suffers

from the deepest despair.

That is what

I ask you to heal.

I cannot

cure despair.

Ah, but you

can, doctor.

I have a spy.

My brother,

a medical student,

attended the class in which

you described a new technique.

The talking cure.

Now I can arrange to steer

Nietzsche to your office

but he must believe you're

treating only his headaches.

Tell me, is yours

a Russian accent?

It is.

Well, perhaps the people in

Russia believe in sorcerers

but sorry, Fraulein,

I am Austrian.

I have no magic

to offer you.

May I walk you back to your hotel?

I would enjoy

that but...

my wife will be watching from

the window. I have a duty.

A duty?

It is my duty to be free of duty.

Doctor, save Nietzsche.

I am sorry.

I had hoped

it was hepatitis.

How long...

do I have?

It is best you put

your affairs in order.

Please, doctor.

How long?

Please. Tell us.

Three to

six months.

Are you alright, doctor?

Make sure the Pfeiffers

are never billed again.

Of course.

Oancel all their

outstanding debts to me.

Of course.

A Fraulein Salome

has suddenly arrived.

A very grand

young woman.

Show her in.

But Frau Reinhardt has

been waiting for hours.

Frau Becker!

Fraulein Salome!

Doctor Breuer.

I see you like to do

things for yourself.

Doesn't that deprive men

the pleasure of serving you?

We both know that

some of the services

men provide are not

necessarily good for women.

The habits

of a lifetime

are not easily

extinguished, my dear.

Your future husband will

need extensive retraining.

No husband

for me. Ever.

I would not do that to a man.

If then or ever you

use this new technique,

do not attempt to use this

mesmerism method with N ietzsche.

Our patient would refuse

to engage in any process

he perceives as surrendering

his power to another.

And are you responsible

for "our" patient's despair?

He believes

I am.

Where has

God gone?

I shall tell you.

God is dead.

We all have

killed him.

You, you,

you and I.

God will throw you in hell I

After the death

of Buddha,

his shadow was shown

for centuries in caves.

A gruesome,

gruesome shadow.

God will punish you I You are Satan I

Given the way of people

In the caves,

thank you,

for thousands of years, in which

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