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DVD review | The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) | The psychedelic road movie remastered

Marianne Faithfull in The Girl on a Motorcycle

THE STORY Stifled in her marriage to a bookish school-teacher, Rebecca (Marianne Faithfull) sets out on a cross country ride on her beloved Harley to Heidelberg to be with her intellectual lover Daniel (Alain Delon). But what does fate hold at the end of the road?

Marianne Faithfull in The Girl on a Motorcycle

THE LOWDOWN This oddity from acclaimed British cinematographer/director Jack Cardiff is best known for its star, former Sixties wild child Marianne Faithfull - who was dating The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger at the time - slipping in and out of a sexy leather catsuit. It might mot be one of Cardiff's most assured offerings, but its psychedelic photography and swinging Les Reed music score has made it a cult favourite for fans of retro 1960s cinema.

THE RELEASE The Odeon Entertainment DVD release features a digitally re-mastered print, but no extras. Available from 9 September 2013. For more on this release (click here WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? Marianne Faithful traces her family history in Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC1 HD at 9pm (Scotland, 1035pm) on Wednesday 18 September.