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Quiet Days In Clichy [DVD] [1970] (Region 0) (NTSC) [US Import]


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  • Actors: Paul Valjean, Wayne Rodda, Ulla Koppel, Avi Sagild, Susanne Krage
  • Directors: Jens Jørgen Thorsen
  • Writers: Jens Jørgen Thorsen, Henry Miller
  • Producers: Henrik Sandberg, Klaus Pagh
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, Mono, Black & White, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Danish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jan 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096IA7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,293 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: Danish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Black & White, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Posters, Scene Access, Uncut, SYNOPSIS: A footloose American author drinks in the joys of the Bohemian life in this screen adaptation of the autobiographical novel by Henry Miller. Joey (Paul Valjean) is an aspiring writer from the United States who is living in Clichy, a small town near Paris, France, with his friend Carl (Wayne Rodda), a schoolteacher. Joey and Carl share a passionate enthusiasm for women, and in Chichy, a place where he can sense lust in the breeze, Joey can revel in his obsessions with both sex and the written word, with his only obstacle being scaring up the money for a square meal. During his days in Clichy, Joey becomes involved with easygoing Bohemian Nys (Ulla Lemvigh-Müller) and melancholy streetwalker Mara (Avi Sagild), while Carl becomes obsessed with Christine (Susanne Krage), an eccentric teenage runaway who seems to live in a world of her own. Stille Dage i Clichy was shot on-location in Clichy, in many of the locations Miller described in his book; oddly enough, another Miller adaptation, Tropic of Cancer, was being shot by different filmmakers in Paris at the same time. Like many of Miller's best-known books, Stille Dage i Clichy ran afoul of censors in the United States, and prints were seized by federal officials when the film was first imported to America, though obscenity charges were eventually overturned in federal courts. Country Joe McDonald, of the pioneering psychedelic rock band Country Joe and the Fish, wrote and performed several songs for the film's soundtrack. ...Quiet Days in Clichy ( Stille dage i Clichy )

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Aug 2011
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Reminds me of the age between 18-21 when girls were always around and we all thought we lived in a Roman bachanal of alcohol and sex. Little thought for the others emotional world as it was all fun. Dig a little deeper beyond this apparent surface and it shows people trying to find a connection; sexual connection is the men's obsession. The ugly men have few redeeming qualities, one steals off the other and they take advantage of a series of vulnerable women. The women are all attractive but locked in various states of mental health disarray. Most want money from our errant knights or a place to stay whilst they sort out their tattered lives. They pay with their bodies.

Nin accused Miller of not being able to understand women and I can see clearly what she meant. He was locked in his self absorbtion and viewing this film brought it home. It is a male fantasy world as poverty and sex rock the bed. Miller saw a sexual orifice where Nin saw someone in an emotional mess. These art hippies have followed the same path. Presumably the sex was shocking rather than the attitudes as these have become the staple.

It does portray to enact the Bachanal you don't need money but you do need time. Time to scout around will produce women sexed into vulnerability to knock on the door.

The camera shots and music takes its cues from an art hippy revolt. I found myself thinking about exploring Country Joe rather than reading another of Henry's books. They reminded me too much of my early adult phase and perhaps the feeling they will produce too many winces when returning there. They did occur when watching this film and it was uncomfortable.

That was the power of the production for me; a type of social marker, glad to see I've inched on.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Angus Jenkinson VINE VOICE on 17 Aug 2004
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This title was banned for 30 years, and we did not lose much. The music by Country Joe is someway short of his best; the film alternates between bohemian poetic grittiness that fails to grip and not so soft porn. There is some interesting experimental film work (hand held cameras, black and white, odd angles, superimposed text and drawings etc). The porn has some artistic merit, in that it reproduces the frankness of the book as well as a lifestyle described as the 'age of the cunt'. But does it do much more than show a couple of unattractive characters (with acting performances that are respectively dull and abysmal) exploiting a series of sad women with voice overs and typed text from the book? I wish it did. This will add little to Miller's reputation. Read the book if you want to experience Miller indulging himself to more satisfying effect.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "scrub5656" on 30 Mar 2004
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"Quiet Days in Clichy" is an enjoyable and entertaining expose of the irreverant antics of two friends living a Bohemian existence in the Paris suburb of Clichy during the sexual revolution of the sixties.
The film is based upon the novel of the same title by American author Henry Miller whose publications were the frequent cause of controversy in the US throughout the author's life. The film has been the subject of discussion and controversy since it was first released in 1970 and the FBI seized the only English-language copies as they came into the US through customs in San Francisco - consequently the film didn't make it to US theatres. The film has even been described by the Catholic Bishops Board of Review as a "portrait of human depravity."
Nonetheless, it is unlikely to shock an audience of today - the film is neither vulgar nor depraved - it couldn't really be described as pornographic; instead it could be better summarised as intellectual erotica. It is gentle and humorous. Like life, it lacks a traditional storyline and is, instead, a collection of experiences - some good, some bad, some funny, some not. The film contains some wonderful and enjoyable photography of Europe in the sixties and some insightful monologues which open a window into what you might call Bohemian Philosophy.
However, the piece de resistance of the film is the wonderful soundtrack written and performed by the Country Joe who played an important role in the cultural revolution in the US during the sixties and is probably most known for the music which he produced with his band Country Joe and the Fish. He has produced a soundtrack which is entertaining and evocative, perfectly complementing the humour of the film, wonderfully capturing the magic of the era.
If you are not easily offended, and if you have imagination enough to be able to dream, then this film will transport you into a wonderful era and remind you of the simple pleasure of indulging in an irreverant existence.
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