Henry is an ex-pat in Paris, cadging drinks and meals and places to sleep, giving advice about women to clueless men, flirting with the wives of acquaintances, burning bridges, and making philosophical observations. In vignettes we see his wife Mona come to Paris and leave immediately when she tastes Henry's vagabond life; he tries teaching English at a school in Dijon, takes the son of a wealthy Indian to a bordello, gets a job as a proofreader at the Herald Tribune, and helps out a pal who's in and out of an asylum and deeply in love with a whore. Can Henry make his own discovery of ecstasy?
"The U.S. Customs Bureau Barred It As Obscene! Readers Found It Shocking And Scandalous! And Now, For Anyone Over 17, It Is A Movie!" - Time Magazine
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Rejected by the British Board of Film Censors on 29 May 1970, but opened anyway at the Cinecenta, Panton Street SW1 on 1 October 1970, courtesy of a local "X" certificate from the Greater London Council. Elsewhere, Paramount struggled to get the film seen by a wide audience. Passed by the East Suffolk County Council the following year, the East Anglia premiere was at the Mayfair Cinema, Bungay on 3 October 1971, before going on to the Regal, Stowmarket and the Cinema, Woodbridge. This was the third Joseph Strick film to be rejected by the BBFC, following similar rulings on The Balcony
(1963) and Ulysses
(1967). See more
This, then, this is not a movie. This is a libel, slander, defamation of character, a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of art, a kick in the pants to God, man, destiny, time, love, beauty, what you will. I'm going to sing for you. A little off-key perhaps, but I will sing. I will sing while you croak. I will dance over your dirty corpse.
Frölicher Landmann (The Happy Farmer)
from "Album für die Jugend (The Album for the Young), Op.68"
Composed by Robert Schumann
(At the scene when Henry recollects Tania) See more