A Tale of Two Titles

In my tribute to Jack Cardiff, I didn’t really mention his career as a director. There is a reason for this: most of his films are not very good. But AICN did draw my attention to one thing. Cardiff’s best known movie is probably Girl on a Motorcycle, which starred Marianne Faithfull, Alain Delon and, bizarrely, Marius Goring, who’d co-starred in Cardiff’s Powell / Pressburger films. Now, Girl on a Motorcycle is a perfectly serviceable title, particularly for its era, and was good enough to get the movie launched in Britain. But in America it had a different name. I’ll leave you to figure out which sold more tickets.


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