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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
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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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Elliott Kastner's ideal cast included Elizabeth Taylor as Antonia Lynch-Gibbon, Marlon Brando as Palmer Anderson, Richard Burton as Martin Lynch-Gibbon and Julie Christie as Georgie Hands. See more »

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

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The title is AWFUL but the film is .........
15 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had to watch this film recently and expected to see HORROR film. A SEVERED HEAD!? h-e-l-l-o? Only to find out this is a comedy... I THINK? Very dry, very British. The confusing title would be explained at the end of the film as the character Honor quotes:

"Go back to reality Martin,... I am an object of terrible fascination to you, A Severed Head such as primitive tribes used putting a morsel of gold on it's tongue to make it utter prophecies, as real people you and i do not exist for one and other."

I know, huh? I didn't get the correlation either. Seeing there are only 3 user comments (at the time of this review) I feel bad for so many films like this. So many thousands of films that took so long to make and so many actors gave great performances only to fall into the abyss of obscurity. Worth watching though if only for Lee Remick who is absolutely stunning and quite a skilled dead pan comic.


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