A pretty young girl in a leather form-fitting getup covering her nudity rides a powerful motorcycle towards her lover after creeping out of her young husband's bed. Her ride is studded with flashbacks and even flash forwards and psychedelic inserts of torrid love-making. The ride gets a bit long and the film lacks a true erotic flair. But it is well lensed and has a shattering finale.

A pretty young girl in a leather form-fitting getup covering her nudity rides a powerful motorcycle towards her lover after creeping out of her young husband’s bed. Her ride is studded with flashbacks and even flash forwards and psychedelic inserts of torrid love-making. The ride gets a bit long and the film lacks a true erotic flair. But it is well lensed and has a shattering finale.

The motorcycle is a present from her lover and is supposed to be an erotic symbol. But treatment [of the 1963 novel La motocyclette by Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues] can rarely give the fiery dash to make this acceptable except in the girl’s final mixing of metaphors as she literally makes love to the bike.

Marianne Faithfull [whose dialogue is revoiced by an uncredited actress] appears a bit too showy and on the surface as the girl and uses facile facial expressions rather than being able to project the girl’s feelings. Alain Delon is a sort of hedonistic young college don who does not believe in love in a romantic sense and is mad about motorcycles.

The Girl on a Motorcycle

UK - France

Production

Mid Atlantic/Ares. Director Jack Cardiff; Producer William Sassoon; Screenplay Ronald Duncan, Jack Cardiff; Camera Jack Cardiff, Rene Guissart; Editor Peter Musgrave; Music Les Reed; Art Director Russell Hagg, Jean D'Eaubonne

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1968. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

Alain Delon Marianne Faithfull Roger Mutton Marius Goring Catherine Jourdan Jean Leduc
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