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 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 Henry Miller novel, this is the most daring adaptation ever of one of the most controversial authors in history. In May of 1970, the U.S. government seized the only English-language prints on charges of obscenity; while it was ultimately cleared in Federal Court, the film mysteriously disappeared shortly after its release. Now this landmark "adults only" classic can be seen again completely uncut and uncensored, featuring the original hit soundtrack by rock legend Country Joe McDonald.
Suffused with the improvisational playfulness of the French New Wave and brimming with naked flesh and explicit scenes, Jens Jorgen Thorsen's freewheeling adaptation of Henry Miller's notorious novel offered a different kind of American in Paris and pushed the boundaries of sex on the screen. America pushed back: the film was seized on charges of obscenity in 1970 and condemned by the Catholic bishops review board. Though hardly tame by modern standards, it's less an underground classic than a curious timepiece. Paul Valjean is a colorless star, and behind the hedonism and erotic adventures is a chauvinist portrait of sexual relations (Philip Kaufman's Henry and June
offers a more interesting take on Miller). See Quiet Days in Clichy
for the marvelous black and white images of late-1960s Paris, an energetic supporting cast (many of them actual Parisian streetwalkers, according to legend), and Country Joe McDonald's ribald songs. --Sean Axmaker