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A Severed Head (1970)

 -  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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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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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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