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A Severed Head(1971)

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The opening credits are shown over shots of a revolving dias populated by dolls modeled after each of the stars. Eventually the dolls pair off, except for the one modeled after Clair Bloom as "Honor Klein," who wields a samurai sword and does not have a partner. A 1964 Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that Shelley Berman would star in a Fitzroy Films production of the Iris Murdoch and J.B. Priestly play, A Severed Head, produced on the stage in London a year earlier. In June 1965, a Hollywood Reporter item from London stated that producer Joseph Janni was developing a film production of the play to be written by Frederic Raphael. Two months later, Daily Variety noted that producer James Woolf had acquired the film rights of the play, which would be produced under the Romulus banner with John Schlesinger directing Laurence Harvey and Leslie Caron in the starring roles.
       The project then languished, apparently, until January 1969, when Daily Variety announced that Elliott Kastner and Jerry Gershwin's Winkast Productions would be producing the film. In March 1969 Hollywood Reporter announced that Kastner and Gershwin had cast Lee Remick in the starring role and that director Richard Clement would also adapt the play. In April 1969, however, Daily Variety indicated Clement would only direct and use the Raphael script for the project, which would be produced by Alan Ladd, Jr. According to Filmfacts, although the film was shot in 1969, it was not released in the U.S. until 1971 and then only had showings in New York City.