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A Severed Head (1970)

R | | Comedy | December 1970 (UK)
The wine taster and merchant Martin Lynch-Gibbon is married with the shallow and spoiled Antonia Lynch-Gibbon and loves his mistress Georgie Hands. Antonia is under therapy with Martin's ... 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)
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Woman at Party
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The wine taster and merchant Martin Lynch-Gibbon is married with the shallow and spoiled Antonia Lynch-Gibbon and loves his mistress Georgie Hands. Antonia is under therapy with Martin's best friend, the psychiatrist Palmer Anderson. One day, Antonia decides to ask for the divorce to Martin to live with Palmer, but they want to keep Martin as their friend. When Palmer's sister Dr. Honor Klein comes from Oxford to stay with her brother, she discloses the affair of Georgie, who was her student, and Martin to Palmer and Antonia. Meanwhile Martin's brother Alexander Lynch-Gibbon has a love affair with Georgie and Martin falls in unrequited love with Honor, but he discovers a secret about Palmer. Who will stay with whom in the end? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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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John Schlessinger was at one stage attached to direct. See more »

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Referenced in McCloud: Top of the World, Ma! (1971) See more »

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Wonderful movie
16 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite movies ever, largely due to the fact that Iris Murdoch is my favorite author of all time. I saw this as a fairly young child, and it stuck in my head for years. Two of the best actresses ever, Claire Bloom and Lee Remick. Claire was perfect as Honor, like a tightly wound spring. The relationship between Honor and her brother is pure Iris Murdoch, whose characters always had complicated and sometimes quite twisted relationships. Very funny movie, as well, as is also typical of Ms. Murdoch's works.

I would highly recommend this movie to young adult audiences who like alternative and artistic, literary movies.


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