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The Committee

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region Free (info)
  • A little-known curio of the 1960s, this surreal art-house fare stars Manfred Mann's Paul Jones as a wayward drifter, and features a sound track by Pink Floyd that has been much-coveted throughout the years, while remaining virtually unavailable. The unnamed central character (Jones) is hitchhiking to an unknown destination when he decides, without motivation, to cut off his driver's head. He sews it back on and he and the driver part ways, with no immediate repercussions until Jones is summoned before a mysterious Committee, who will decide the nature of his punishment. A meditation on the conflict between bureaucratic control and individual expression, the film also boasts legendary '60s figure Arthur Brown's performance of his hit song "Fire." After producing this highly-articulate, black-and-white fable that encapsulated many of the concerns of the era, director Max Steuer went on to become a Reader Emeritus at the London School of Economics, while his controversial work faded into relative obscurity until its much-later commercial release.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): EDD02056

  • Credits
    Paul Jones
  • Critic Reviews
    "[With] the electrifyingly off-the-wall insertion of a fire-helmeted Arthur Brown performing 'Nightmare' at a party scene, as well as spooky incidental instrumental soundtrack music."
    Mojo

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