Hailed as Europes answer to Easy Rider, Girl on a Motorcycle is a boring, pseudo-psychedelic road movie which lost my interest after the first five minutes.
I will say, though, that in its favor this is one of the rare Redemption movies which barely features any nudity or misogyny. I can only account for this as being a freak occurrence, like Haleys Comet.
The movie stars Marianne Faithful (pop star and ex-girlfriend of Mick Jagger) as Rebecca, who leaves her fiancÃ© and takes off on her Harley for her cruel yet irresistible lover Daniel. As she rides across Europe she recalls her experiences with Daniel, most of which end with a sex scene shown in a chromatic, color-inverted form reminiscent of any backdrop to a Jefferson Airplane song.
Originally filmed in 1968, the movie was labeled “X” by the European ratings board, but by todays standards its positively tame. Not to mention not very good. The psychedelic sex scenes are annoying, the characters remarkably unlikeable, and the plot uninteresting. Honestly, I would have disliked this movie more had I not expected the absolute worst because this is a Redemption movie.
The movie is presented in 1.66:1 aspect ratio with no specifications given for the audio. Although an older movie, there were no problems with either the audio or the video.
Original Trailer (00:50)
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This movie is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand I am very happy that it wasnt as misogynistic as most Redemption movies, but on the other hand I cant say that I liked it. Like some cult classics, I just dont see what the big deal is about this movie, but that may be because Im just not its intended audience. Not recommended.
Redemption presents Girl on a Motorcycle. Directed by Jack Cardiff. Starring Marianne Faithfull, Alain Delon, Roger Mutton, Marius Goring, and Catherine Jourdan. Running time: 91 minutes. Rated NR. Released on DVD: May 19, 2009. Available at Amazon.