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The Virgin's Bed (1970)

Le lit de la vierge (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 1970 (France)
A loose Biblical allegory starring the legendary model-artist-musician Zouzou as Mary Magdalene, French actor Pierre Clémenti as Jesus and the director himself as a misguided apostle.


Philippe Garrel (uncredited)


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Cast overview:
Zouzou ... Marie / Marie Magdalène
Pierre Clémenti ... Jesus
Tina Aumont ... Prisoner
Philippe Garrel ... Apostle
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Horseman
Valérie Lagrange
Pierre-Richard Bré Pierre-Richard Bré
Babette Lamy Babette Lamy
Didier Léon Didier Léon
Jaime Semprun Jaime Semprun ... Prisoner


A loose Biblical allegory starring the legendary model-artist-musician Zouzou as Mary Magdalene, French actor Pierre Clémenti as Jesus and the director himself as a misguided apostle.

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy


Not Rated


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1970 (France) See more »

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Brittany, France See more »

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Zanzibar Films See more »
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(French Cinematheque copy) | | (Harvard Film Archive copy)

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2.35 : 1
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The Falconer
Composed and Performed by Nico
From her album "Desertshore"
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This cries out for Monty Python.
6 June 2017 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

"The Virgin's Bed" is a tale of the Christ unlike any other. Pierre Clementi is a hippyish Jesus and Zouzou, she of "Love in the Afternoon", is either his mother and/or Mary Magdelene and the setting is hard to determine, but is almost certainly not 2,000 years ago and not even 1969 when the film was made but an indeterminate future. In other words this is vaguely allegorical rather than literate, a kind of home movie Passion Play shot in black and white with only a very tenuous link to the stories of Christ we know from the Bible. The writer and director was a 21 year old Philippe Garrel and you might argue this was aimed squarely at French students and intellectuals. Garrel, it would seem, doesn't give a damn about finding an international audience.

Is it any good? Well, of course, that depends on just how seriously you take it. There were times when I felt Monty Python might have had a field day with this material. Others may look at Clementi and think of Pasolini. Personally I think it's just the kind of film a student, wanting to give two fingers to the New Wave, might come with. Nico sings on the soundtrack and she's the best thing about this.

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