“She is a happening all to herself.”

The October 1968 issue of ABC Film Review features a great piece by Philip Bradford about the making of Jack Cardiff's Girl On A Motorcycle. In the article the movie's two stars (Marianne Faithfull and Alain Delon) briefly discuss what it was like to work with one another on the film. I thought it would … Continue reading “She is a happening all to herself.”

Cinema Retro #14

In a unexpected coincidence the newest issue of Cinema Retro has just been published and it features a terrific in-depth article on Jack Cardiff's 1968 film Girl On a Motorcycle by Dean Brierly. It's definitely one of the most detailed pieces about Cardiff's film that I've come across and it contains many beautiful images from … Continue reading Cinema Retro #14

Girl On a Motorcycle: The Soundtrack

Composer Les Reed One of the best things about Jack Cardiff's 1968 film The Girl on a Motorcycle is the terrific score created by the award winning British composer and songwriter Les Reed. Les Reed was one of the most prolific members of the mid-60s London music scene and he's probably familiar to most people … Continue reading Girl On a Motorcycle: The Soundtrack

The Girl on a Motorcycle: Advertising

There were a lot of beautiful posters designed for Jack Cardiff's film when it was originally released. Unfortunately I don't know the names of all the artists who created these posters and ads for The Girl On a Motorcycle (1968), but I hope you enjoy this collection of images. I had to restore and touch-up … Continue reading The Girl on a Motorcycle: Advertising

Some Thoughts on Jack Cardiff 1914-2009

Jack Cardiff with Marianne Faithfull on the set of The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) The talented director and cinematographer Jack Cardiff has passed away at the age of 94. As the tributes start to roll out from various news sites and film blogs its become clear to me that most people regard Jack Cardiff … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Jack Cardiff 1914-2009

My Top 20 Favorite Films of 1968

At the Britannica blog Raymond Benson has finished listing off his Top 10 Favorite Films of 1968 so if you're interested in the final results stop by and give them a look. I've mentioned on numerous occasions how much I dislike making lists of favorite films myself since they're limited by what I've seen and … Continue reading My Top 20 Favorite Films of 1968

My Love Affair With Alain Delon

Since I'm devoting this week to all things fabulous and French I couldn't resist spending some time writing about my favorite French actor, the beautiful, enigmatic and talented Alain Delon. Alain Delon and I begun our one-sided love affair in the summer of 1996. It was then that Purple Noon (a.k.a. Plein Soleil, 1960) was … Continue reading My Love Affair With Alain Delon