HEAD

V' 09

HEAD

Bob Rafelson
USA, 1968
Fiction, 85min, OF

HEAD

Bob Rafelson
USA, 1968
Fiction, 85min, OF

Cast: 
Peter Tork
Davy Jones
Micky Dolenz
Michael Nesmith (The Monkees)
sowie Annette Funicello
Minnie
Timothy Carey
Lord High ’n’ Low
Logan Ramsey
Faye Lapid
Abraham Sofaer
Swami
Vito Scotti
I. Vitteloni
Charles Macauley
Inspektor Shrink
T.C. Jones
Mr. und Mrs. Ace
Charles Irving
Feedback
Frank Zappa
Kritiker
Teri Garr
Testy True
I.J. Jefferson
Lady Pleasure
Toni Basil
Tänzerin
Jack Nicholson
Dennis Hopper
Screenplay: 
Jack Nicholson
Bob Rafelson
Sound: 
Les Fresholtz
Camera: 
Michel Hugo
Editor: 
Michael Pozen
Composer: 
Ken Thorne
Peter Tork
Michael Nesmith
Bob Rafelson
Jack Nicholson
Carole King
Decoration: 
Sydney Z. Litwack
Costume: 
Gene Ashman

Production: 
Raybert Productions
World Sales: 
Rhino Entertainment Company Warner Music Group Company 3400 West Olive Ave. Burbank, CA 91505, USA T +1 818 238 6183 F +1 818 562 9239
Format: 
35 mm
Color
Neue Kopie

In 1968, Monkees mania had all but died out. Their television show, a good-natured and often surreal mix of irreverent humor, had just been cancelled. The Monkees seemed too much of a novelty, too much a media creation designed to sell records when art was prized over artifice - the exact opposite of the artless '90s. Head is a remarkable pop culture artifact, subversive in ways that still seem gutsy (as the Beatles, particularly when managed by Brian Epstein, were not allowed to be). The film uses the Monkees' manufactured image as a springboard for a surprisingly sharp satire on the media that spawned them. Depending on which story you believe, the screenplay by director Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson was either thrown together arbitrarily or carefully crafted by Nicholson to illustrate the theories of prescient media guru Marshall McLuhan. Regardless of intent, the result has merit. (Nick Burton)