3m, 165 feet/50 metres
35mm film, black and white
A French fantasy film directed by Georges MÃ©liÃ¨s.
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.
Director: Georges MÃ©liÃ¨s
Georges MÃ©liÃ¨s (the chemist)
A Gumifeju ember – Hungarian title
The India Rubber Head – US title
The Man with the India-Rubber Head – UK title
A Swelled Head
TÃªte de caoutchouc
Extracts included in
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood: Where It All Began (1995)
Le Grand MÃ©liÃ¨s (1952)
CinÃ©ma no.141 (December 1969) p.129 – article
Artificially Arranged Scenes: The Films of Georges MÃ©liÃ¨s by John Frazer pp.91-93 – illustrated notes