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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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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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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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8 February 2016 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The wine taster and merchant Martin Lynch-Gibbon (Ian Holm) is married with the shallow and spoiled Antonia Lynch-Gibbon (Lee Remick) and loves his mistress Georgie Hands (Jennie Linden). Antonia is under therapy with Martin's best friend, the psychiatrist Palmer Anderson (Richard Attenborough). 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 (Claire Bloom) 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 (Clive Revill) 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?

"A Severed Head" is an unfunny British comedy about infidelity that maybe satisfies the British humor. The story is awful and wastes a wonderful cast with names such as Lee Remick, Richard Attenborough and Ian Holm among others. It is impossible to give a single laugh after 98 minutes running time. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Amantes Infiéis" ("Unfaithful Lovers")


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