Miss Marianne Faithfull:

Miss Marianne Faithfull:
(Born December 29, 1946) Songs she inspired: She Smiled Sweetly, Let's Spend The Night Together, She's Like A Rainbow, You Can't Always Get What You Want, Wild Horses, I Got The Blues, 100 Years Ago, Winter

Miss Anita Pallenberg:

Miss Anita Pallenberg:
(Born April 6, 1942) Songs she inspired: You Got The Silver, Sister Morphine (words by Marianne), Wild Horses, Coming Down Again, Angie, Beast Of Burden, All About You

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Girl On A Motorcycle, Take 3

This is my third post on Marianne Faithfull's 1968 film, The Girl On A Motorcycle, believe it or not.  And, like the movie, this post is waaay more visual than it is informational!  Many of these shots are quite new, as in, they are courtesy of old magazines that I've recently purchased and scanned.  And indeed a couple of them are never-before-seen, at least not by me.  When I finally saw this movie earlier in the year, I wasn't disappointed, but my expectations weren't high to begin with.  The storyline is terribly ridiculous (newly wed Rebecca - Marianne - is bored by her regular-Joe husband and upon receiving a motorcycle from her former lover - played by French heartthrob Alain Delon - has lurid fantasies about fucking him as she rides around town on the new bike).  Most of the time, quite honestly, I didn't know what was going on.  It's a very 60's film, dreamlike and often nonsensical, and I'm sure it was meant to have some sort of analytical value.  There's very, very little dialog; most of the movie is Marianne riding around while we hear her thoughts spoken out loud.  The movie is carried solely by Marianne's beauty and bod, by the appealing, slightly pornographic images of a blonde, ex-convent schoolgirl with big blue eyes and long, thick blonde hair dressed in skintight black leather.  A complete fantasy.  Unfortuntaely, there wasn't a whole lot of separation between the image of "Rebecca" and the image of real-life Marianne; by that point, her innocent public persona had been shattered by the Redlands drug bust and the precarious title of "Miss X", the "nymphomaniac" in the fur rug.  So if you think about the movie from that light, it's actually rather sad, a demeaning sexploitation flick.  But if considered in another light, the film is not quite so guilty.  If nothing else, it is a rare treasure, a legendary artifact: ninety minutes of the most beautiful girl in the world, preserved forever.  Director Jack Cardiff on Marianne:  "Never since I first saw Marilyn Monroe through the camera lens have I seen such irresistible beauty.  To focus on her is to focus the camera on your innermost heart." Alain Delon:  "She is a happening all to herself.  She is the type of girl men fought dragons for in mythology, the type that duels have been fought over."  Couldn't have said it better myself, guys.

All photos = my scans


Michelle said...

Suuuch a beauty, xo.

Skyrocket to Oblivion said...

I love that you only post things you scan yourself. ANd if you don't you credit. That's pretty amazing. And so is this movie. Love this post <3

Anonymous said...

I have this doubt: wasn't Wild Horses inspired by Marianne? When she was in a coma and she recovered and said "Wild Horses couldn't drag me away..."?
It says it was for Anita up there!!

And You Can´t Always Get What you want was partly written by Anita (I read in an interview)

I do LOVE your blog, though I'm an Anita maniac and I wish there were more images of her.

Leith said...

I've read several different accounts of Wild Horses. I've heard of course about Marianne uttering "Wild horses couldn't drag me away" when she woke up in Australia, but I've also heard that Keith Richards wrote it about having to leave Anita and Marlon behind to go on tour. So, I just figured it was about both of them! I love Anita too, I'm obsessed with her. I have a lot of scanned pics of her, but I'm always waiting to post some "epic" Anita post to use them. However, you've inspired me to post some anyway, so look out for one soon! Thanks for the compliment.

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