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A Severed Head (1970)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  December 1970 (UK)
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Antonia, the pampered wife of Martin Lynch-Gibbon, an upper class wine merchant, tells her husband that she is in love with their best friend, the psychiatrist Palmer Anderson. Palmer and ... See full summary »

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Antonia Lynch-Gibbon
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Palmer Anderson
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Martin Lynch-Gibbon
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Honor Klein
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Georgie Hands
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Alexander Lynch-Gibbon
Ann Firbank ...
Rosemary Lynch-Gibbon
Rosamund Greenwood ...
Miss Seelhaft
Constance Lorne ...
Miss Hernshaw
Robert Gillespie ...
Winking Patient
Katherine Parr ...
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Anne Jameson ...
Woman at Party (as Ann Jameson)
Yvette Rees ...
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Antonia, the pampered wife of Martin Lynch-Gibbon, an upper class wine merchant, tells her husband that she is in love with their best friend, the psychiatrist Palmer Anderson. Palmer and Antonia want to deal with the situation in a civilized way, by remaining friends with Martin. Meanwhile Martin tries to keep his mistress, Georgie Hands, a secret, but Palmer's sister, Honor Klein, who taught Georgie at Oxford, tells Palmer and Antonia about her. Furthermore, Honor introduces Georgie to Martin's womanizing brother, Alexander. This is just the beginning of the various liaisons. Written by Will Gilbert

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Martin and Antonia are an ideal couple. Devoted. But not to each other. Georgie loves Martin. Palmer loves Antonia. And all's well. Until Alexander grabs Georgie ... and Honor snags Palmer. See more »

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Amantes Infieis  »

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There was considerable difficulty in finding a director for this film. The film was actually shot in the Spring of 1969, but it was not until early 1971 that it was seen in its native Britain. See more »

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La Rhonde with wit.
3 January 2003 | by (Leominster Mass USA) – See all my reviews

This stylish sophisticated high comedy on sexual desire and the nature of love is highly recommended. Witty and charming, it boasts an outstanding cast of actors. Not your regular cup of tea, these three couples not only manage to swap mates a number of times between them; but manage to do it with such flair that you cannot help but enjoy the ride along the way.

It may not be everyone's taste, but if you are looking for something more than a run of the mill romantic comedy; this is for you. In some ways, it could be considered a version of "Bridget Jones Diaries" for people who have actually read Jane Austen and not just seen the adaptations. Murdoch was a powerhouse in her time, and this shows you why.


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