L’Homme à la tête en caoutchouc (1902)

France,
3m, 165 feet/50 metres
35mm film, black and white
silent

A French fantasy film directed by Georges Méliès.

Plot Summary

A chemist removes his head and puts it on a table where he blows it up to colossal proportions. He then deflates it, but his assistant gets over-excited by the discovery and blows the head up again until it explodes.

Credits

Crew
Director: Georges Méliès
Star Film

Cast
Georges Méliès (the chemist)

Alternative Titles

A Gumifeju ember – Hungarian title
The India Rubber Head – US title
The Man with the India-Rubber Head – UK title
A Swelled Head
Tête de caoutchouc

Extracts included in
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood: Where It All Began (1995)
Le Grand Méliès (1952)

References

Periodicals
Cin̩ma no.141 (December 1969) p.129 Рarticle

Books
Artificially Arranged Scenes: The Films of Georges M̩li̬s by John Frazer pp.91-93 Рillustrated notes