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The Oldest Profession


The Oldest Profession (French: Le Plus Vieux Métier du monde) is a 1967 French comedy film. It was directed by six different film directors, each one doing a segment on prostitution through the ages.

A collection of sketches on prostitution through the ages. 1) "The Prehistoric Era": A caveman discovers that a cavewoman is more attractive when cave paint is applied to her face. And she can earn more seashells that way. 2) "Roman Nights": The Emperor goes out seeking a little nocturnal amusement, only to find that the high-priced, Oriental courtesan he hires is his wife, the Empress. 3) "Mademoiselle Mimi": In revolutionary France, Mimi finds that her client, the nephew of a marquis, is more interested in watching the guillotinings out her window than he is in going to bed. 4) "The Gay Nineties": When Nini discovers by accident that her antiquated customer is a banker, she pretends to be an honest woman who has fallen in love with him. She even pays him, just like a gigolo! 5) "Paris Today": Two girls pick up clients by driving around in a car, and then an ambulance. Police pull the vehicle over for speeding. 6) "Anticipation": Demetrius has just arrived on Earth from another galaxy. But the girl brought to him by the commissar, Hostess 703, is not a "physical love" girl; she's a "sentimental love" one, who only knows how to excite men with language.

Source : IMDb

Sketch #1 : Prehistoric Era (Franco Indovina),
Sketch #2 : Roman Nights (Mauro Bolognini),
Sketch #3 : Mademoiselle Mimi (Philippe de Broca),
Sketch #4 : The Gay Nineties (Michaël Pfleghar),
Sketch #5 : Paris Today (Claude Autant-Lara),
Sketch #6 : Anticipation (Jean-Luc Godard).

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Athos Films, Franco-London Films, Francoriz Productions, Les Films Gibé

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Rizzoli Film, Rialto Films

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Athos Films

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Comedy, Drama, Drama, Anthology film

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France, Germany, Italy

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Majority French (France, Germany, Italy)

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1 h 50 min

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