The Oldest Profession


1h 59m 1968

Brief Synopsis

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.

Film Details

Also Known As
Das älteste Gewerbe der Welt, Le Plus vieux métier du monde, amore attraverso i secoli
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
Los Angeles showing: Jun 1968
Production Company
Franco London Film; Francoriz; Gibé; Rialto Film; Rizzoli Films
Distribution Company
Goldstone Film Enterprises; VIP Distributors
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 59m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Synopsis

The history of prostitution is traced in six episodes, from prehistoric times. PREHISTORIC ERA depicts a tribe of cave dwellers who are happily engaging in sex. One girl, Brit, however, discovers the art of makeup, as well as the fact that she can get things in exchange for sleeping with men. In ROMAN NIGHTS a bored emperor leaves his wife, only to find her disguised as a slave girl in a bawdy house. MADEMOISELLE MIMI lives during the French Revolution, and she is delighted when a young man bursts into her room explaining that he wants to watch his uncle's execution from her window. He convinces Mimi that he will inherit his uncle's fortune, and she permits him to join her in bed. After they make love he leaves, revealing that he is actually a penniless student. During THE GAY NINETIES Nini, a stripteaser, picks up an elderly banker. She pretends to believe that he is very poor and that she really loves him. Nini is successful in getting him to marry her. The next episode, PARIS TODAY, involves a prostitute, Catherine, who works from a car driven by her friend, Nadia. When the car is impounded, they use an ambulance instead. They are chased by police but are saved in the end by the fact that their client is a doctor. Looking towards the future in the final segment, ANTICIPATION, a man from outer space visits Earth where prostitution has been automated and divided into its physical and sentimental aspects. He is equally unmoved by "Miss Conversation," who recites romances, and "Miss Physical," a silent bedmate, until he realizes that the mouth is one part of the body that can play a part in both aspects. Together, the spaceman and the chattering girl rediscover the kiss!

Film Details

Also Known As
Das älteste Gewerbe der Welt, Le Plus vieux métier du monde, amore attraverso i secoli
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
Los Angeles showing: Jun 1968
Production Company
Franco London Film; Francoriz; Gibé; Rialto Film; Rizzoli Films
Distribution Company
Goldstone Film Enterprises; VIP Distributors
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 59m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

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Trivia

Notes

Opened in Paris in April 1967 as Le plus vieux métier du monde; running time: 115 min; released in West Germany in April 1967 as Das älteste Gewerbe der Welt; running time: 119 min; in Italy in 1967 as L'amore attraverso i secoli. The episode entitled "The Gay Nineties" May also be known as "The Good Old Days," and "Paris Today" as "Today." Original titles of the six episodes are as follows: "Ère préhistorique," "Nuits romaines," "Mademoiselle Mimi," "La belle époque," "Aujourd'hui," and "Anticipation."