Alejandro Jodorowsky’s severed heads
01.28.2013
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Pantomime head trip and riff on Thomas Mann’s “Transposed Heads,” Alejandro Jodorowsky’s delightful surrealist short film La Cravate has fun with the whole idea of identity and the illusion of body/mind separation while evoking Melies, Cocteau and The Children Of Paradise.
 

Written by Marc Campbell | Discussion
Alejandro Jodorowsky’s first film ‘La Cravate’

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Believed lost for fifty years, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s first film, La Cravate (aka Severed Heads) was found in an attic in Germany in 2006, and released on DVD in 2007. Adapted from Thomas Mann’s short story, “The Transposed Heads - A Legend of India in Paris”, La Cravate was made between 1953 and 1957 and starred Denise Brossot, Rolande Polya, Raymond Devos, Saul Gilbert and Jodorowsky.

The film tells of a young man’s desire to win the love of a woman. To do this, he visits a store which allows customers to switch their heads, and thus their personalities. The young man trades in his head for a variety of different models, and while his body continues to woo the woman of his dreams, the store’s proprietor, a young woman, takes a fancy to the man’s original head and takes it home. The moral is never to lose your head over unrequited love, but find someone who loves you as you are. It’s bizarre, amusing and charming, and an impressive first film.
 

 
 
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Written by Paul Gallagher | Discussion