On the one hand it effectively conveys the complex feelings of love/lust that rebecca and daniel have and weighs up some interesting ideas about free love vs, marriage (marriage is 'suffocating' but love will always come with commitments that disrupt your ability to carry it out freely). On the other hand its softcore porn. Oh and its like the most 60s film you've ever seen: trippy effects&black man is called a negro
If you're in the mood to watch Marianne Faithfull make derpy-orgasm-crying faces straddling a motorbike through the French countryside whilst spouting (admittedly brilliant) curses in the Queen's english amidst interspersed crotch, bum & bare boob shots, then this is the film for you. For everyone else, get ready for a lot of bad driving, 'free love' monologues & turtleneck sweaters over fondue - well it is the 60's.
Loved it! Wild cinematography with the use of colour, distortion, and energy. The experimental qualities of sound is also fantastic. A thrilling ride- and even though the end is suspected the journey is well worth it. And for those who love vintage motorcycles.... purr.
In 1968, expressions of counterculture and burgeoning women's sexuality might have inspired Jack Cardiff to go on the road with Marianne Faithfull and see what might erupt. The seemingly endless monologue of her ride contributes to Cardiff's confused presentation of feminist progress, Freudian guilt and sexualised male gaze. This film deserves more attention in all of its perplexity.
Psychedelic kitsch that really doesn't survive the test of time. Marianne Faithful was just awful in this but then again so was Alain Delon. Very little in the picture gives evidence of Jack Cardiff's mastery behind the camera for other directors. Faithful though beautiful here was simply not up to the role. At times ridiculous at others just awful.
Yikes!! Exceptional cinematic art this ain't. What on earth were the people involved in this project thinking? I know this was made in '68 and all sorts of nonsense passed itself off as significant and deep mais quand meme. I hope i'll sleep well tonight. I forgive you marianne.
This film represents some of the best examples of 60s personal cinema, without polemic navel gazing. It embodies the Camera Stylo ideals; making the lens the story maker. Cardiff was a master storyteller with the camera and this film demonstrates it with simplicity, historical relevance, and fun. Many cinephiles get drunk on 'serious' films forgetting that true cinema embodies as much complexity and variety as poetry
Jack Cardiff is arguably the greatest cinematographer of all time, having shot some of the most beautiful films of all time, such as THE RED SHOES and BLACK NARCISSUS. His directorial work is lesser known, and it's easy to see why. While beautifully shot of course, this British cult classic about a nymphomaniac reminiscing about the beginning of a torrid affair, is mostly aimless, occasionally laughably, B fodder.