Newly-married Rebecca leaves her husband's Alsatian bed on her prized motorbike - symbol of freedom and escape - to visit her lover in Heidelberg. En route she indulges in psychedelic reveries as she relives her changing relationship with the two men. Written by
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The bike she rides is a Harley-Davidson. Throughout the film the soundtrack lacks the distinctive H-D sound; in fact, if you listen closely it becomes quite obvious that the sound dubbed was that of a British twin motorcycle of the era (either a Triumph, BSA or Norton). See more »
Pointless and unintentionally funny, but also entertaining with some occasionally stunning cinematography
First, the bad. Admittedly, "Girl on a Motorcycle" is a pretentious and nearly completely pointless film. In the end, the journey doesn't really mean anything. Its a rather unintelligent piece of psychedelic excess that won't entertain anyone but those who enjoy this kind of kitsch. Also, Marianne Faithful is a pretty lousy actress and her delivery makes the already pseudo-intellectual dialog seem even worse. Alain Delon, normally a great actor, is rather dull.
Fortunately, despite being rather pointless, its never really boring. Fans of other psychedelia flicks such as "The Trip" or "Psych-Out" will find plenty to enjoy here. Also, the cinematography by Jack Cardiff looks beautiful, really saving this film from being just an unintentionally funny turkey. There is plenty of clever angles and neat editing on display here. My favorite part however is the ending. I won't spoil it, but its a real riot. I assume it was intended as some sort of existentialist statement by the filmmakers, but actually turns the entire film into one big shaggy dog joke. If you have a rather sick sense of humor as I do, its priceless. "Girl on a Motorcycle" is dated and dumb but never boring. (6/10)
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