THE MAN WITHOUT A HEAD
Director: Juan Solanas
Phelps, a solitary man who lives in a big industrial city by the sea, is very happy tonight. He is getting ready for a ball. And not any ball, a dance to which the young woman he loves has agreed to come. Tonight he will declare his flame and and it makes him feel like dancing… But there is something wrong with Phelps, at least in his own “eyes”: he does not have a head! That is why he sets out to buy a head that suits him to please his lady…
The Man Without a Head is a film about one fellow who is unlucky enough not to have a head. He lives in an ugly industrial landscape seen through dirty windows. Whatever movie wizardry they used to make the headless protagonist look so unique is one of the many examples of how superior the aesthetics of the film are.
The most striking aspect of the film the first time viewing it is the visuals. It apparently took four years to make and it is beautiful. The industrialized city the man lives in is suitably grimy. Many of the shot selections show off this setting, like a shot from the outside of the apartment looking in which highlights the years of buildup on the side of his apartment.