The Oldest Profession (1967)

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A collection of sketches on prostitution through the ages. 1) "The Prehistoric Era": A caveman discovers that a cavewoman is more attractive when cave paint is applied to her face. And she ... See full summary »


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  • Raquel Welch and Siegfried Schürenberg in The Oldest Profession (1967)
  • Raquel Welch and Siegfried Schürenberg in The Oldest Profession (1967)
  • Raquel Welch in The Oldest Profession (1967)
  • Raquel Welch and Siegfried Schürenberg in The Oldest Profession (1967)
  • Raquel Welch in The Oldest Profession (1967)
  • Raquel Welch in The Oldest Profession (1967)

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Directors:

Claude Autant-Lara , Mauro Bolognini , Philippe de Broca , Jean-Luc Godard , Franco Indovina , Michael Pfleghar

Writers:

Ennio Flaiano (screenplay), Daniel Boulanger (screenplay), Georges Tabet (screenplay), André Tabet (screenplay), Jean Aurenche (screenplay), Jean-Luc Godard (screenplay)

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23 March 2007 | siteslinger
7
| Come for Raquel Welch; Stay for Godard
This film is definitely worth seeing. The film is made up of six sketches by six directors, each revolving around the theme of - you guessed it - the world's oldest profession: prostitution. It begins with a ridiculous segment that explains the origins of cosmetics as a primitive stone age invention.

The acting throughout is not good but in a very entertaining way, that is, until Raquel Welch is on screen. She is better than ever and I almost wished her segment would not end, not knowing what was to unfold later in the film.

After a few more lightly entertaining segments, the film takes a considerably different tone. In fact, it's a sonic jolt that filled me with tension and excitement. I first saw this movie on Quentin Tarantino's 35mm print, and had no prior knowledge of it's existence. So, naturally, I was surprised to see Godard's name appear at the beginning of the last segment, entitled Anticipation. Among these mostly light-hearted and ridiculous comedy segments was one of the coolest things I've ever seen. At first, I thought the mention of Godard's name was a joke. The story is set in the future and is meant to depict prostitution in the years to come. It is, characteristic of Godard, unlike anything you would expect. I won't give away any details, for the experience is best seen fresh, and makes this movie worth seeing for Godard's segment alone. Come for Raquel, and stay for Godard.

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