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MOVIE REVIEWS : Weekend Entries in British Film Festival : Reviews of the American Film Institute's BritFest. : : SATURDAY : "1919"

February 11, 1988|KEVIN THOMAS

Monicas, 4 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

It's such a rare treat to see Maria Schell and Paul Scofield on the screen that it makes the occasion all the more disappointing. Schell, a refugee from the Nazis, and Scofield, who fled the Russian Revolution, are former patients of Sigmund Freud who meet in Vienna in 1970 in an attempt to confront their past traumas, only partially cured by Freud, who they recall never claimed to be able to do more than convert "hysterical misery into everyday unhappiness." The radiant Schell and the distinguished Scofield are wonderful, but writer-director Hugh Brody succeeds in reminding us that the only thing more boring than our own neuroses are those of others.

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