Head Against the Wall

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Head Against the Wall
Directed by Georges Franju
Written by Book author:
Herve Bazin
Jean-Pierre Mocky
Starring Pierre Brasseur
Paul Meurisse
Jean-Pierre Mocky
Anouk Aimée
Charles Aznavour
Jean Galland
Music by Maurice Jarre
Cinematography Eugen Schüfftan
Release date
Running time
95 minutes
Country France
Language French

Head Against the Wall (French: La Tête contre les murs) is a 1959 French drama film directed by Georges Franju and starring Pierre Brasseur, Paul Meurisse, and Jean-Pierre Mocky. The story follows François who is institutionalized by Marbeau (Pierre Brasseur) for daring to defy his wealthy father. François verges on insanity during his involuntary internment. The film was released as The Keepers on its English release.


François is committed to a mental hospital by his father Maître Gérane, a wealthy man who does not tolerate objection. The institution is owned by Dr. Varmont whose traditional treatment methods conflict with the beliefs of Dr. Emery, supporter of a more sensitive approach. François becomes friends with an epileptic, Heurtevent and together they try to escape, but they fail and the sweet Heurtevent commits suicide. Afterwards François manages to flee and hides at the home of his friend, Stéphanie.[1]




Ma Période Française
Soundtrack album by Maurice Jarre
Released February 2005
Genre Film music
Length 71:11
Label Play Time

Long after the film's original release, in February 2005, the French soundtrack record label Play Time released the soundtrack on compact disc along with other soundtracks performed by Maurice Jarre. This also includes soundtracks from other Franju films including Eyes Without a Face and Thérèse Desqueyroux.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Maurice Jarre[2].

No. Title {{{extra_column}}} Length
1. "Générique / Surprise-partie" La Tête contre les Murs 4:30
2. "Thème de Stéphanie" La Tête contre les Murs 4:30
3. "Enterrement à l’asile" La Tête contre les Murs 2:44
4. "Générique" Eyes Without a Face 2:05
5. "Thème romantique" Eyes Without a Face 2:50
6. "Filature" Eyes Without a Face 1:23
7. "Des phares dans la nuit" Eyes Without a Face 3:32
8. "Valse poursuite" Eyes Without a Face 1:45
9. "Final" Eyes Without a Face 1:01
10. "Générique" Thérèse Desqueyroux 1:54
11. "Non-lieu" Thérèse Desqueyroux 1:35
12. "Thérèse Desqueyroux" Thérèse Desqueyroux 2:50
13. "La femme idéale" Les Dragueurs 2:36
14. "La ballade des dragueurs" Les Dragueurs 2:47
15. "Surboum chez Ghislaine" Les Dragueurs 2:01
16. "L'oiseau de paradis" L'Oiseau de Paradis 2:48
17. "L'univers d'Utrillo" Un court-métrage de Georges Régnier 4:44
18. "Générique" Le Soleil dans l’œil 2:28
19. "Thème" Mort, où est ta Victoire ? 3:30
20. "Valse de Platonov" Recours en Grâce 3:50
21. "Les animaux (générique)" Les Animaux 1:20
22. "Pavane des flamands roses" Les Animaux 2:43
23. "La fête" Les Animaux 2:18
24. "Surf des loutres" Les Animaux 1:59
25. "Mourir à Madrid" Mourir à Madrid 4:21
26. "Générique" Week-End à Zuydcoote 2:28
27. "Sergent Maillat" Week-End à Zuydcoote 3:10
28. "Final" Week-End à Zuydcoote 1:29
Total length: 71:11


  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052328/plotsummary/
  2. ^ a b "Anthologie 80ème Anniversaire" (in French). FGL Productions. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 

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