Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 9th, 2018
Theatrical Release Date: France / Italy / West Germany, 1967
Directors: Claude Autant-Lara, Mauro Bolognini, Philippe de Broca, Jean-Luc Godard, Franco Indovina, Michael Pfleghar
Writers: Ennio Flaiano, Daniel Boulanger, Georges Tabet, André Tabet, Jean Aurenche, Jean-Luc Godard
Cast: Michèle Mercier, Enrico Maria Salerno, Gabriele Tinti, Elsa Martinelli, Gastone Moschin, Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jean Richard, Raquel Welch, Nadia Gray, France Anglade, Marcel Dalio, Francis Blanche, Marilù Tolo, Anna Karina, Jacques Charrier, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jacques Marin
BluRay Release Date: February 27th, 2018
Approximate running time: 115 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono French
BluRay Release: Kino Lorber
Region Encoding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.95
The first of these segments is titled Prehistoric Era and it revolves around a cave woman named Brit, who becomes more sexually desirable, after she discovers makeup. The second of these segments is titled Roman Nights and it revolves around Roman aristocrat, who goes to a brothel to reignite his sexual desires. The third of these segments is titled Mademoiselle Mimi and it revolves around a prostitute who is seduced by a young man, who pretends to be the heir to a fortune. The fourth of these segments is titled The Gay Nineties and it revolves around a stripper, who persuades a wealthy elderly banker to marry her. The fifth of these segments is titled Paris Today and it revolves around a prostitute and her pimp, who use a car as their brothel. The sixth of these segments is titled Anticipation and it is set in the future. This segment revolves around a man from outer space, who goes to Earth to fulfill his sexual desires. He quickly discovers that psychical interactions and emotional interactions are no longer allowed.
Without a doubt, the best of these six segments is Anticipation. And this segment was directed by Jean-Luc Godard (Bande à part, Weekend). Content wise and visually this segment bears a strong resemblance to Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville. This segment would also mark the last time that Jean-Luc Godard would work with his ex-wife Anna Karina (A Woman Is a Woman, Pierrot le fou).
Other standout segments include, Prehistoric Era and Mademoiselle Mimi. Other notable cast members include, Michèle Mercier (Web of the Spider) in the role of a Cave woman named Brit, Jeanne Moreau (The Bride Wore Black) in the role of a prostitute named Mimi and Raquel Welch (One Million Years B.C.) in the role of a stripper named Nini. Overall the majority of these segments are best described as playful entertainment.
The Oldest Profession comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Black and contrast levels remain strong throughout, colors and flesh tones look accurate and details look sharp.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in French and included with this release are removable English subtitles. There are no issues with distortion or background noise, dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include, a trailer for the film (2 minutes 14 seconds, in French with English subtitles) and the U.S. cut of the feature (93 minutes 31 seconds, DTS-HD Mono English no subtitles).
Overall The Oldest Profession gets a solid release from Kino Lorber.
Note: Kino Lorber are also releasing this film on DVD.