Girl On A Motorcycle


(out of 5)

This film’s sexual content must have made it a controversial release in 1968, but nowadays it mainly feels like a Carry On film without the humour. A dewy young  wakes up in the middle of the night and realizes she can no longer stand the boring suburban life she settled for with her placid husband only two months earlier. She jumps on her motorcycle and makes a trip from her German town to Switzerland to visit her hot, emotionally unavailable lover (). Throughout her trip she waxes poetic about her relationships with the two men, indulging in memories and fantasies about the sex she enjoyed with Delon. The photography by director Jack Cardiff (who shot such classics as Black Narcissus) is beautiful, capturing gorgeous scenery of pan-European countrysides, but the dialogue is listless and the plot is a one-note clunker that goes nowhere for an hour and a half. Faithfull is lovely, though, and Delon is at his most ridiculously suave. There’s also a racier version available under the title Naked Under Leather.

Adel Productions, Mid-Atlantic Film, Ares Production, Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie

United Kingdom/France1968

Directed by

Screenplay by , adaptation by Jack Cardiff, thought sequences dialogue by , based on the novel La Motocyclette by

Cinematography by Jack Cardiff

Produced by ,

Music by 

Production Design by , ,

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1968

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