A Severed Head

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This sophisticated black comedy sex romp is based on the novel by Iris Murdoch, which she also turned into a stage play (with J.B. Priestley). Ian Holm, is hapless wine-taster Martin Lynch-Gibbon who has both a mistress (Jennie Linden) and a nymphomaniac wife, Antonia Lynch-Gibbon (Lee Remick). His best friend, psychiatrist Palmer Anderson (Richard Attenborough), is having an affair with Antonia. Palmer's half-sister Honor Klein (Clair Bloom) is having sexual relations with him also, which he is slightly apologetic about. The wine taster has had a lifelong antagonism for his friend's half-sister, but after his wife and mistress leave him, he takes up with Honor. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi


Lee Remick
as Antonia Lynch-Gibbon
Richard Attenborough
as Palmer Anderson
Claire Bloom
as Honor Klein
Ian Holm
as Martin Lynch-Gibbon
Jennie Linden
as Georgie Hands
Clive Revill
as Alexander LynchGibbon
Ann Firbank
as Rosemary Lynch-Gibbon
Rosamund Greenwood
as Miss Seelhaft
Constance Lorne
as Miss Hernshaw
Robert Gillespie
as Winking Patient
Rosamond Greenwood
as Miss Seelhaft
Ann Jameson
as Woman at Party
Yvette Rees
as Woman at Party
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  • "Ambiguous," appropriately, has definitions. It means "capable of understood in two or more senses." also means "uncertain, especially obscurity or indistinctness." A Severed Head leaps for the category and lands in the second.

    Feb 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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