"The Girl on a Motorcycle", also known as "Naked Under Leather", is a 1968 British-French film directed by Jack Cardiff. The movie stars Alain Delon and Marianne Faithfull in a story that is as much about existential self-discovery as it is about the freedom and thrill of the open road.
Faithfull plays Rebecca, a young woman who, on the day of her wedding, receives a gift from her lover, Daniel (Delon) - a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Feeling trapped in her new marriage, Rebecca dons her full leather riding suit, climbs onto her motorcycle, and takes off on a journey across Europe to reunite with Daniel.
"The Girl on a Motorcycle" is a visually striking film with its bold use of color and innovative camera work. The story is conveyed through a series of flashbacks and fantasies as Rebecca's thoughts drift during her journey. These moments allow us a deep dive into Rebecca's psyche, capturing her restlessness and yearning for liberation.
Both Faithfull and Delon deliver excellent performances, but it is Faithfull who truly shines as the free-spirited, rebellious Rebecca. Her portrayal of a woman seeking liberation and autonomy in a male-dominated society is both moving and provocative.
While the film's eroticism and explicit themes were seen as scandalous at the time of its release, today "The Girl on a Motorcycle" can be appreciated as a bold exploration of female sexuality and independence. It's a psychedelic road trip that won't be to everyone's taste, but it's certainly a unique piece of cinematic history.