Naked Under Leather
has beautiful driving sequences

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The Girl On A Motorcycle (Jack Cardiff, 1968), also known as Naked Under Leather, is a film about a girl who wakes up at four in the morning, slips into a leather racing suit, jumps on a big motorbike and skips town, husband and country. On the way, she reflects on the many situations and choices that got here where she is. Flicking back and forth between past and present, she recalls the last time she made this trip, as well as the first, as well as how she came to know her husband and the lover she is betraying him for. In between these somewhat delirious recollections, she drives fast across natural and urban landscapes, from Alsace, France to Heidelberg, Germany.

These beautiful sequences try to capture the sense of freedom and excitement particular to motorcycle travel a year before Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper, 1969), and with better results, in my opinion. This one, on the other hand, doesn’t have a killer soundtrack, and it’s not a great film overall, but I found it’s simple premise and aspirations quite charming. I’ve made a little montage of the driving sequences and re-imagined the soundtrack to include french music from the era -the songs used are Munich Party by Thierry Vincent, Hashish Faction by Sullivan and Contact by Brigitte Bardot. Enjoy!