Review: The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968)

Mostly a movie about a girl on her motorbike.

“THE GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE”
1968
Artsploitation/Drama
UK

Director: Jack Cardiff
Stars: Marianne Faithful, Alain Delon, Roger Mutton
Distributor: Jezebel
Runtime: 88 mins
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“Rebellion is the only thing that keeps you alive!”

Rebecca gets up in the morning, leaves her boring husband, gets on her motorcycle and takes a ride to her lover while embracing her new found freedom. In a series of flashbacks we get to know the background story leading up to this breakup.

Here’s a poetic acid-trip from the 60’s. It’s arty and sensual and a big salute to man’s endless search for freedom. It’s based on a book, and is mainly Rebecca’s thoughts as a voiceover. Probably an influence to the likes of “Easy Rider”. I love the slow paced dreamy and surreal style, and also the beautiful exteriors shot in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and France. But I still think that it could’ve been shortened by half an hour of Marianne Faithful grinning on that bloody bike. She’s lovely though…