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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Le Plus Vieux Metier Du Monde (aka The Oldest Profession) (1967)

A portmanteau film in six parts by six different directors that looks at prostitution through the ages. In the prehistoric age, a woman (Michele Mercier) exchanges a shell necklace for sex thus becoming the first prostitute. Directed by Franco Indovina. In Ancient Rome, the Empress (Elsa Martinelli) moonlights as a prostitute in a brothel. Directed by Mauro Bolognini. During the French Revolution, a money hungry prostitute (Jeanne Moreau) gets scammed. Directed by Phillipe De Broca. In the 1890s, a prostitute (Raquel Welch) pretends not to know her client (Martin Held) is wealthy. Directed by Michael Pfleghar. In contemporary Paris, two prostitutes (Nadia Gray, France Anglade) have a sex on wheels trade. Directed by Claude Autant Lara. In the future, sex trade is controlled by the government but a prostitute (Anna Karina) is about to break the rules. Directed by Jean Luc Godard. As with most omnibus films, the sketches are hit and miss. Coming off best are the Raquel Welch (although she's dubbed into French) and Karina/Godard sequences. The Godard segment (in B&W) looks like an outtake from his ALPHAVILLE. Michel Legrand composed the charming score. With Jean Claude Brialy, Marcel Dalio, Marilu Tolo, Enrico Maria Salerno, Jacques Charrier and Gabriele Tinti.   

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