Quiet Days in Clichy on DVD
Its borderline porn (if not completely over the line), but its
also such a fascinating experience its hard to turn off.
Thats Quiet Days in Clichy, Jens Jorgen Thorsens adaptation of
Henry Millers novel about an American in Paris who resembles Gene Kelly
not a whit. This American isnt there to dance, hes apparently there
to write, though it also appears hes really there to envelope himself
in a hedonistic lifestyle the type of which adolescent boys can only dream.
It doesnt take long for this movie to set the scene. Within the first
couple of minutes the coupling begins, via a very explicit scene thatll
separate the men from the boys when it comes to tolerance of sex on screen.
It almost seems as if the first half of the movie is sex, then it slows down
a bit so that the second half of the film is probably only half sex.
Yessirree, theres a lot of sex in this movie, and if you have gentle
sensitivities when it comes to this sort of thing on film youll probably
want to give this movie a pass.
That said, when they arent having sex theyre more or less talking
about sex or trying to track down some sex, so there really isnt a lot
here besides the raunch.
Its well done, in an arty film kind of way, with nice black and white
cinematography and enthusiastic performances (hey, they might as well look like
theyre enjoying it!) and as mentioned above theres something voyeuristic
about watching the action unfold that makes it difficult to turn it off and
head for something like Finding Nemo.
The movie was apparently seized when it hit American shores in 1970 and it
isnt hard to see why. Today it would probably play on cable
The musical score is performed by Country Joe McDonald, of the 1960s
band Country Joe and the Fish, whose main clam to fame was the famous Fish
Cheer at Woodstock. Its pretty well him and his guitar, but some
of McDonald's bawdy lyrics are quite funny
The DVD is presented in anamorphic widescreen, 16x9 TV compatible, and the
black and white picture while grainy is actually pretty good.
The graininess adds to the "artiness" mood and the image is sharp enough that
youll never be in doubt about which body parts youre seeing.
Audio is Dolby Digital mono and its unremarkable.
Extras include Dirty Books, Dirty Movies: Barney Rosset on Henry Miller.
This is an interview with the authors editor and publisher. You also get
Songs of Clichy, an interview with Country Joe McDonald, a poster
and stills gallery, and a DVD ROM component of court documents from Millers
If Quiet Days in Clichy or its genre are your cup of tea (and they wont
be for many people), Blue Underground has released a number of soft hardcore
sex titles, as well as some others that do for violence what Clichy does for
sex. The titles include Marquis de Sade's Justine,
For Your Life, Sadomania, The
Girl from Rio, Revolver, and Grand
As for us, were glad we saw Clichy our first meeting with Henry
Miller but we cant see spending a lot of time on the rest of these
titles when there are so many greater movies available or becoming available
But to each his own, of course
Quiet Days in Clichy, from Blue Underground Home Entertainment
91 min. anamorhpic widescreen (1.66:1, 16x9 TV compatible), Dolby Digital mono
Starring Louise White, Paul Valjean, Wayne Rodda
Written and directed by Jens Jorgen Thorsen
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