Review: Quiet Days in Clichy (1970)

If you wanted to make a movie of Henry Miller’s work in the 60’s/70’s, Denmark was definitely the place!


Director: Jens Jørgen Thorsen
Stars: Paul Valjean, Wayne Rodda, Ulla Lemvigh-Mueller
Distributor: Blue Underground
Runtime: 91 mins

“Yes it was a time with cunt in the air!”

We follow the story of the struggling writer, Joey and his roommate Carl in France. There’s a bohemian nonchalance over their lives that’s all about food/drink and jumping from “cunt to cunt”.

I love daring and arty movies from the late 60’s and early 70’s. They’re political, freedom-loving, creative movies that don’t take shit from anyone. Sometimes they’re succesful but most times they’re not. This is one of those. Henry Miller was one of the most sexual provocative writer’s from this period, and wrote like an intellectual boheme. The male actors are not good at all, and the story is plain stupid. The characters lacks the intellectualism and act as a mix of eager todlers and horny teenagers without any empathy or self-control. Ended up disliking them badly! On the (very) positive note: The soundtrack by Country Joe McDonald is awesome, and some good ideas of editing and use of texts almost makes it worth watching!