The Girl on a Motorcycle
|The Girl on a Motorcycle|
French theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jack Cardiff|
|Produced by||William Sassoon|
La Motocyclette (novella)|
by André Pieyre de Mandiargues
|Music by||Les Reed|
|Edited by||Peter Musgrave|
British Lion Films (UK)|
Warner Bros. (US)
|Box office||626,331 admissions (France)|
The Girl on a Motorcycle (French: La motocyclette), also known as Naked Under Leather, is a 1968 British-French 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. The Girl on a Motorcycle redefined the leather jacket for motorcyclists into a full body suit that Marianne Faithfull wore in the film. It was the first film to receive an X rating in the United States.
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.
- In the medium to distant shots, the rider was the British GP champion Bill Ivy, wearing a blonde wig.
The film was the sixth most popular movie in general release in Britain during 1968.
Home media releases
- Pieyre de Mandiargues, André (1963). La Motocyclette. Paris: Gallimard. OCLC 3565796.
- Box Office information for film at Box Office Story
- "Festival de Cannes: The Girl on a Motorcycle". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
- Quilleriet, Anne-Laure. The Leather Book. New York: Assouline, 2004.
- "'X' Marks Spot For Only 1 of 1st MPAA Group: W7 'Girl'". Daily Variety. October 22, 1968. p. 1.
- "John Wayne-money-spinner" The Guardian (31 December 1968)
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