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The Girl on a Motorcycle (French: La motocyclette), also known in the United States as Naked Under Leather, is a 1968 British-French erotic romantic drama film starring Alain Delon and Marianne Faithfull and featuring Roger Mutton, Marius Goring and Catherine Jourdan. It was listed to compete at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival but the festival was cancelled due to the May 1968 events in France.[3] The Girl on a Motorcycle redefined the leather jacket for motorcyclists into a full body suit that Marianne Faithfull wore in the film.[4] It was the first film to receive an X rating in the United States.[5]

The Girl on a Motorcycle
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French theatrical release poster
Directed byJack Cardiff
Produced byWilliam Sassoon
Screenplay byRonald Duncan
Thought sequences dialogue:
Gillian Freeman
Story byJack Cardiff
(Adaptation)
Based onLa Motocyclette
by André Pieyre de Mandiargues[1]
StarringAlain Delon
Marianne Faithfull
Roger Mutton
Marius Goring
Music byLes Reed
CinematographyJack Cardiff
Edited byPeter Musgrave
Production
company
Ares Productions
Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie
Mid-Atlantic Films
Distributed byBritish Lion Films (UK)
Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie (France)
Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
Claridge Pictures (US)
Release date
October 1968
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
France
LanguageEnglish
Box office626,331 admissions (France)[2]

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PlotEdit

Newly married Rebecca leaves her husband's Alsatian bed on her prized motorbike—her symbol of freedom and escape—to visit Daniel, her lover in Heidelberg. En route, she indulges in psychedelic and erotic reveries as she relives her changing relationship with the two men, before crashing into a truck at the end.

CastEdit

Cast notesEdit

  • Faithfull's riding double in medium to distant shots was British GP champion Bill Ivy.

ReceptionEdit

The film was the sixth most popular movie in general release in Britain during 1968.[6]

Home media releasesEdit

The Girl on a Motorcycle was released on VHS in 1998 and DVD in 1999 by Starz/Anchor Bay. A remastered edition on DVD and Blu-ray Disc was released in 2012 by Redemption Films.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pieyre de Mandiargues, André (1963). La Motocyclette. Paris: Gallimard. OCLC 3565796.
  2. ^ Box Office information for film at Box Office Story
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Girl on a Motorcycle". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  4. ^ Quilleriet, Anne-Laure. The Leather Book. New York: Assouline, 2004.
  5. ^ "'X' Marks Spot For Only 1 of 1st MPAA Group: W7 'Girl'". Daily Variety. 22 October 1968. p. 1.
  6. ^ "John Wayne-money-spinner" The Guardian (31 December 1968)

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