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La cravate (1957)

A short mime adaptation of a Thomas Mann story about a Parisian urchin who makes her living selling human heads.


Saul Gilbert, Alejandro Jodorowsky (as Alexandre Jodorowsky) | 1 more credit »


Alejandro Jodorowsky (as Alexandre Jodorowsky), Thomas Mann (novel)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denise Brossot Denise Brossot
Rolande Polya Rolande Polya
Alejandro Jodorowsky ... (as Alexandre Jodorowsky)
Saul Gilbert Saul Gilbert
Raymond Devos Raymond Devos
Jean-Marie Proslier Jean-Marie Proslier ... (as Jean Marie Proslier)
Margot Loyola Margot Loyola
Michel Orphelin Michel Orphelin
Jean Claude Sergent Jean Claude Sergent
François Perrot ... (as François Parrot)
Théo Lesoualc'h Théo Lesoualc'h
Harriet Sohmers Harriet Sohmers
Marcel Dortort Marcel Dortort
Marthe Mercure Marthe Mercure
D.R. Balmaceda D.R. Balmaceda


A short mime adaptation of a Thomas Mann story about a Parisian urchin who makes her living selling human heads.

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1 May 1957 (France) See more »

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A Gravata See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This film was based on one of the twenty-five tales in the vetAla paJcaviMzati (transliterated Sanskrit - translates as "Vetala Twenty-Five"), by way of Thomas Mann's Die vertauschten Köpfe (a.k.a. The Transposed Heads). See more »


Version of Org (1979) See more »

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a tale of love and loss, as performed by mimes and severed heads
13 May 2007 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

This is quite the rare case: a story performed entirely in mime-form, where everything is silent but done so for a very physical effect by the actors/performers, that actually works. Usually mimes can be a little irksome (maybe not, depends on who's miming and how well the audience can take it), but Alejandro Jodorowksy, in his first attempt at film-making, makes this as experimental as something like Un Chien Andalou yet with an emotional core that can be understood by viewers open to it all. It's based on a novella by Thomas Mann about a woman who wants both her husband and lover back, and somehow gets their heads put into the wrong bodies!

There's a constant sense of both a dream in the scenery and body language, but disillusionment in what the characters are feeling back in their not-quite selves. There's the woman in particular, acted very well (she's the one sprawled out on a couch or other, with black hair, at least I *think* it's her), who responds to the Jodorowsky character at first with disdain, but then noticing his body changes her attitude. This is a brilliant little scene that calls back to those captivating, surreal moments in film-making of the silent era, and just in performing arts in general, where things were meant to be performed to be understood by the audience intuitively to an extent, not necessarily explained exactly.

It might be just as well; some moments in here call to the strengths of Jodorowsky's wild-man cinema even this early on, as figures in a 'city' environment pass by the disheartened husband, faces coming always close to the screen like it's meant to be fleeting but always impressionable via make-up and elaborate costumes. La Cravate, or the Severed Heads, also carries some unique traits as a Jodorowsky effort; the advantage of color is ever powerful and varied in tone from head to environment (different than what I expected from an underground director, especially as a precursor to Fando & Lis), but it's also a work that's usually more light than dark and more amusing than laugh-out-loud funny in its stabs of absurdism. One can't help but chuckle at one of the heads looking up and giving a wink and a smile to the helpless Jodorowsky or his counterpart, or in merely seeing the process of 'transposing' a head.

The music by Edgar Bischoff is also a factor for how sweet it is, contrasting the oddball mood of the material with melodies that sound like happy walks in the park. In short, it's a find that is quite a stroke of luck; the film was believed lost until rediscovered just in time for the DVD collection set, and for fans it's a minor delight. 8.5/10

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