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Quiet Days in Clichy [Blu-ray]

Paul Valjean , Wayne Rodda , Jens Jorgen Thorsen  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Valjean, Wayne Rodda, Ulla Lemvigh-Mueller, Avi Sagild, Louise White
  • Directors: Jens Jorgen Thorsen
  • Format: Black & White, Widescreen, Mono, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047CG998
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,783 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"...it is a celebration of love, art and bohemian life... there is nothing like Henry Miller when he gets rolling!" -- Norman Mailer

"An Artistic Work, Skillful And Sensitive!" -- Los Angeles Times

"Morally offensive. A portrait of human depravity." -- The Catholic Bishops Board of Review

"One Of The Freshest, Funniest Movies In Many A Year!" -- Variety

Product Description

Joey is a struggling writer with no money. His roommate Carl is a charming stud with a taste for young girls. Together, these two insatiable dreamers will laugh, love and screw their way through a decadent Paris paved with wanton women, wild orgies and outrageous erotic adventures. Based upon the long-banned novel by Henry Miller, QUIET DAYS IN CLICHY is considered to be the most daring film adaptation ever of one of the most controversial authors in history. Now more than 40 years later, this landmark ‘adults only’ classic can be seen in a new High Definition transfer, completely uncut and uncensored, and featuring the original hit soundtrack by rock legend Country Joe McDonald.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening December 30, 2004
Format:DVD
Free spirits, nihilists, professional nonconformists, and unabashed civilization despisers count author Henry Miller (1891-1980) as one of their patron saints. It's not hard to see why. Miller's numerous books espouse a carefree lifestyle that rejects hierarchy, embraces living in the moment, and condones a reckless lifestyle marked by free expression, drink, and experimentation of all sorts. I suspect the phrase "I'll try anything once" describes Miller's philosophy to a T. In now lionized books like "Tropic of Cancer" and "Tropic of Capricorn," Miller outlined his own outlaw lifestyle during his tenure as an American expatriate in Paris. "Quiet Days of Clichy," another book about his days in France, documents his friendship with Alfred Perles and their subsequent wild and wacky adventures. While I haven't read a word of any of Miller's books, I did recently sit down to a 1970 film version of "Clichy" directed by Jen Jorgen Thorsen. It's no mistake this film arrived in theaters--at least the ones daring enough to screen it--during the heights of the counterculture. The ideas expressed in the movie certainly fit the worldview of many American and European youths in that era. A word of warning at the outset: if you dislike racy depictions of "human interaction," avoid this film at all costs.

Meet Joey (Paul Valjean) and Carl (Wayne Rodda), two devil may care miscreants roaming around the highways and byways of France picking up women, drinking, and generally having a fun time. In more ways than one, it's surprising Joey is so successful with the ladies: he's bald, thin, and wears glasses. Nonetheless, he and Carl bring back to their filthy apartment a string of young French women looking for a night of carousing.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not great, but the girls are naked December 23, 2006
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Quiet Days in Clichy is based on a formerly banned Henry Miller novel. The film itself was banned at one time due to the graphic sexual content. What there is of a story involves the sexual exploits of Joey and Carl, who spend most of their time wandering around the French city of Clichy and meeting up with women. There is lots of explicit nudity, though, fortunately, all the women are fairly attractive. Joey and Carl aren't as attractive as the women they have sex with, but apparently their lustfulness and sexual candor is charming.

Quiet Days in Clichy is filmed in black and white, and rather arty. There are long stretches where no dialogue is spoken and narrative duties are taken on by the music of Country Joe McDonald. I've only heard one song by Country Joe before this film, which was an anti-Vietnam song, but in Quiet Days in Clichy he sings mostly about what Joey and Carl are doing on screen. Sometimes this movie seems like a really long music video.

The sex in this film isn't really arousing or anything, primarily because Joey and Carl are seen naked almost as much as the women. As I said before, neither Joey or Carl are particularly attractive. There's one scene where Joey is in the bath tub with a couple of prostitutes and decides to pee for no good reason, causing the women to leap out in disgust. I'm pretty sure this movie isn't really intended to be erotic. Or the director has a strange idea about what erotic is. Joey and Carl come across as juvenile misogynists alot of the time.

There are moments of humor in the film, and there is a bohemian style about it that I liked, but it's not exactly a good movie by typical standards. If you want something a little different and aren't troubled by graphic sexuality, Quiet Days in Clichy isn't too bad. I doubt the majority of filmgoers will be able to sit through it, though.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tansgressive cinema from 1970 February 1, 2004
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Transgressive cinema from 1970, variously banned and criticised for years after initial release. The acting, staging and photography (B&W) show some age, resembling prehistoric reality TV- unsanitised, unwashed and at times just plain distasteful.
The film is notable for its innovation, including the use of "speech bubbles" and a unique and often humourous score. The issue with showing generally unappealing and uninteresting people is that the film is similarly imbued with the same character. The scenes of 70's Paris are however great fun.
Watching this leaves a strange taste in the mouth, like eating cake and forgetting to remove the cardboard base, or finding a hair in your mother-in-law's moussaka.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Silly Naked People Laughing A Lot August 24, 2010
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I consider myself quite well connected with the late 1960s, even being quite a Joan Baez fan in kindergarten! In the mid-seventies a relative gave me a big stack of old Evergreen Review magazines, and I started an interest in more counter-culture things from the '60s because of that, since I was just a child when much of it took place. One of the films Evergreen released in 1970 that they gave a lot of coverage to was Quiet Days In Clichy, showing tantalizing pics of the cast in naked moments. And in 2004 I finally got to see what the hubbub was about...

Mainly a curiosity of the late '60s and of interest mainly for those interested in the "art" cinema of that time, this film is really another of those where philosophy and intellectual conversations are padded with people having sex, showing even the intellectuals have a base interest just like everyone else. But since it centers around someone like Henry Miller, it's high art apparently. Certainly off to an interesting start, the film immediately gets one to think though that there is a promise of more like the hardcore footage shown right after the strange credit sequence. That might have been better actually, because instead we then mainly get characters meandering around Paris and Luxembourg, laughing a lot and wondering why they are never satisfied.

Here are some of the perplexing things for me:

--Joey complains that Nys could have left him a few francs after he first met her and gave her his money, but Joey actually INSISTED she take all of it to begin with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Wacky
This film is a great look at one off the film styles of days gone by. I particularly liked the strange cast of characters and their carefree portrayal of carnal adventure.
Published 4 days ago by VegasGuitar58
2.0 out of 5 stars About What You'd Expect
As a longtime Henry Miller fan, I'm well aware that his work doesn't lend itself to cinematic treatment particularly well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard B. Luhrs
3.0 out of 5 stars okay not great
NOt enough sex scenes for me. Slow in getting the story going. Sort of like an old hitchcok movie . Slow to start but an okay ending
Published 2 months ago by Michael A.
1.0 out of 5 stars What a piece of trash!
What a piece of trash! Objectifys women to the max. Reduces the value of women to mere sex toys with very little brains.
Published 2 months ago by Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for the existentialist film watcher
If you're looking for stylized sex and graphic nudity, the context might not be so arousing. But if you're in it to learn something about the harsh realities of life and how to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by EastfistFilms
1.0 out of 5 stars No!
The movie was totally ridiculous. The sex didn't bother me at all, it was those characters. So immature. What they needed more than sex was a good scrubbing.
Published 4 months ago by suzietoo
5.0 out of 5 stars cult movie
this movie is a must for all who lov cinema
beginnig of ''osé '' cinema liberation of the 60' exposed
Published 15 months ago by beatnik
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good.
This is a good adaptation from book to movie.Some of the scenes could be a little longer.Some scenes are stimulating.
Published 15 months ago by zeke
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
The movie itself is not a bad movie. The plot is is well written the movie itself is not completely sex scenes so it is not considered an adult film overall, but it is well thought... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jose
5.0 out of 5 stars ben webster and naked ladies
i own an evergreen black cat book edition of quiet days in clichy, published by grove press. my copy has illustrations from the film released in 1970. Read more
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