Copenhagen - The Reluctant Psychoanalyst Goes to the Movies
Copenhagen is a marvelous three person play written by Michael Frayn (1998) and adapted to the screen by PBS. It is available as a DVD through NetFlix and, I’m certain, other outlets. The protagonists are Werner Heisenberg, the German physicist who proposed the Uncertainty Principle, Nils Bohr, the Danish physicist who first articulated quantum mechanics and who served as Heisenberg’s mentor, and Margrethe Bohr, Nils’ wife and confidante for all things personal and professional. The play is an attempt to understand what occurred on a particular night in Copenhagen when, in 1941, Heisenberg returned to visit the Bohr’s when Denmark was then a country occupied by the Germans and he was in charge of the Nazi German attempt to construct an atomic bomb.
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