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A Severed Head (1971)

R | | Comedy | 21 January 1971 (UK)
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The wine taster and merchant Martin Lynch-Gibbon is married to the shallow and spoiled Antonia Lynch-Gibbon, and loves his mistress Georgie Hands. Antonia is under therapy with Martin's ... See full summary »

Director:

Dick Clement

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Iris Murdoch (novel), Iris Murdoch (play) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Lee Remick ... Antonia Lynch-Gibbon
Richard Attenborough ... Palmer Anderson
Ian Holm ... Martin Lynch-Gibbon
Claire Bloom ... Honor Klein
Jennie Linden ... Georgie Hands
Clive Revill ... Alexander Lynch-Gibbon
Ann Firbank ... Rosemary Lynch-Gibbon
Rosamund Greenwood Rosamund Greenwood ... Miss Seelhaft
Constance Lorne Constance Lorne ... Miss Hernshaw
Robert Gillespie ... Winking Patient
Katherine Parr Katherine Parr ... Receptionist
Nerys Hughes ... Nurse
Anne Jameson Anne Jameson ... Woman at Party (as Ann Jameson)
Yvette Rees ... Woman at Party
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The wine taster and merchant Martin Lynch-Gibbon is married to 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 a divorce from 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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A Severed Head is not a horror story ... It's something else! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Trivia

Producer Elliott Kastner's ideal cast included Dame 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 »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature the main characters as children's dolls in a series of vignettes mounted on a turntable. 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 .........

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Affairs and Relations See more »

Filming Locations:

Putney SW London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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