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L'homme à la tête en caoutchouc (1901)

A chemist carries out a bizarre experiment with his own head.

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Georges Méliès (uncredited)
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Georges Méliès ... The Chemist / The India Rubber Head (uncredited)
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After years of research and experimentation, a visionary scientist has finally found the way to inflate living organisms and body parts, so he uses his own head for one last test. Excited with the results and his unexpected discovery, he invites his faithful assistant to share his triumph and witness firsthand the amazing transformation, however, the enthralled helper's carelessness will have an unavoidable conclusion. Written by Nick Riganas

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France

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1901 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A gumifejű ember See more »

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One of many weird "head" movies from Méliès
2 September 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The very early French film director Méliès was super-famous for his trick cinematography. He deserved this fame for such standout films as Le Voyage Dans le Lune and I personally think he was the greatest movie maker of his age. Compared to Edison and Lumiere's films, his movies were always superior--featuring great sets, stories and camera-work. And, compared to later luminaries such as D. W. Griffith, I think Méliès' films are much more watchable today.

This film features the director's disembodied head as the star. Believe it or not, this was not very unusual for Méliès, as I have seen several films where his disembodied head performs! This is very clever and funny and it differs in this case because the head it enlarged again and again using a pump until it ultimately explodes! And, for the year it was made, it looked amazingly real! Funny stuff indeed.

If you want to see this film online, go to Google and type in "Méliès" and then click the video button for a long list of his films that are viewable without special software.


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