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Tuesday Morning Foreign Region DVD Report: "La tête contre les murs" (Franju, 1959)

6 October 2009 9:57 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Some films, and filmmakers, just can't catch the right kind of breaks as far as international reputation goes. A very smart United States distributor circa 1959 or '60 or so, recognizing this film's potential to be marketed as a kind of companion piece to Truffaut's then red-hot Les quatre-cent coups, could have brought it to the art-house circuit and made a fair profit, and introduced a new (as far as features were concerned) and exciting French director to stateside cinephiles. But that didn't happen, and for years Georges Franju's debut feature, La tête contre les murs, has lived in our imagination as a tantalizing must-see, and at the same time somewhat subordinate to his better-known, more "fantastic" films, such as Les yeux sans visage and his playful rethink of Judex.


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