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The Oldest Profession (1967)

119 min | Comedy, Drama

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...See moreA 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. Written by David Carless See less
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Directors
Claude Autant-Lara (segments: Aujourd'hui) | Mauro Bolognini (segments: Nuits romaines) | Philippe de Broca (segments: Mademoiselle Mimi) | Jean-Luc Godard (segments: Anticipation, ou l'amour en l'an 2000) & 2 more
Writers
Ennio Flaiano (screenplay) (segments: Ère préhistorique, L') (screenplay) (segments: Nuits romaines) | Daniel Boulanger (screenplay) (segments: Mademoiselle Mimi) | Georges Tabet (screenplay) (segments: La belle époque) | André Tabet (screenplay) (segments: La belle époque) & 2 more
Cinematographer
Production Designers
Max Douy (segments: Aujourd'hui) | Bernard Evein (segments: Mademoiselle Mimi) | Maurice Petri (segments: Aujourd'hui)
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Updated Apr 7, 1967

Release date
Nov 8, 1968 (United States)

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34 cast members
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Michèle Mercier
Brit (segment "Ère préhistorique, L'") (as Michele Mercier) Brit (segment "Ère préhistorique, L'") (as Michele Mercier)   See fewer
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Enrico Maria Salerno
Rak (segment "Ère préhistorique, L'") Rak (segment "Ère préhistorique, L'")   See fewer
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Gabriele Tinti
L'uomo del mar (segment "Ère préhistorique, L'") (as Gabriel Tinti) L'uomo del mar (segment "Ère préhistorique, L'") (as Gabriel Tinti)   See fewer
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Elsa Martinelli
Domitilla (segment "Nuits romaines, Les") Domitilla (segment "Nuits romaines, Les")   See fewer
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Gastone Moschin
Flavius (segment "Nuits romaines, Les") (as Gaston Moschin) Flavius (segment "Nuits romaines, Les") (as Gaston Moschin)   See fewer
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Giancarlo Cobelli
Menippo, le poète (segment "Nuits romaines") Menippo, le poète (segment "Nuits romaines")   See fewer
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Jeanne Moreau
Mimi (segment "Mademoiselle Mimi") Mimi (segment "Mademoiselle Mimi")   See fewer
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Catherine Samie
Toinette (segment "Mademoiselle Mimi") Toinette (segment "Mademoiselle Mimi")   See fewer
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Jean-Claude Brialy
Philibert (segment "Mademoiselle Mimi") Philibert (segment "Mademoiselle Mimi")   See fewer
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Jean Richard
Le commissaire du peuple (segment "Mademoiselle Mimi") Le commissaire du peuple (segment "Mademoiselle Mimi")   See fewer
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Raquel Welch
Nini (segment "Belle époque, La") Nini (segment "Belle époque, La")   See fewer
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Martin Held
Edouard (segment "Belle époque, La") Edouard (segment "Belle époque, La")   See fewer
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Siegfried Schürenberg
(segment "Belle époque, La") (segment "Belle époque, La")   See fewer
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Tilly Lauenstein
(segment "Belle époque, La") (segment "Belle époque, La")   See fewer
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Nadia Gray
Nadia (segment "Aujourd'hui") Nadia (segment "Aujourd'hui")   See fewer
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France Anglade
Catherine (segment "Aujourd'hui") Catherine (segment "Aujourd'hui")   See fewer
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Jacques Duby
Le gendarme (segment "Aujourd'hui") Le gendarme (segment "Aujourd'hui")   See fewer
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Marcel Dalio
Me Vladimir Leskov (segment "Aujourd'hui") (as Dalio) Me Vladimir Leskov (segment "Aujourd'hui") (as Dalio)   See fewer
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Francis Blanche
Le docteur (segment "Aujourd'hui") Le docteur (segment "Aujourd'hui")   See fewer
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Marilù Tolo
Marlene, Miss Physical Love (segment "Anticipation, ou l'amour en l'an 2000") (as Marilu Tolo) Marlene, Miss Physical Love (segment "Anticipation, ou l'amour en l'an 2000") (as Marilu Tolo)   See fewer
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Anna Karina
Natasha / Eleanor Romeovich, Hostess 703 (English version) (segment "Anticipation") Natasha / Eleanor Romeovich, Hostess 703 (English version) (segment "Anticipation")   See fewer
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Jacques Charrier
Nick / John Demetrius (English version) (segment "Anticipation") Nick / John Demetrius (English version) (segment "Anticipation")   See fewer
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Daniel Bart
(segment "Anticipation") (uncredited) (segment "Anticipation") (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gabriel Gobin
Un monsieur choqué (segment "Aujourd'hui") (uncredited) Un monsieur choqué (segment "Aujourd'hui") (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gérard Lartigau
Antoine (segment "Mademoiselle Mimi") (uncredited) Antoine (segment "Mademoiselle Mimi") (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jean-Patrick Lebel
(segment "Anticipation") (uncredited) (segment "Anticipation") (uncredited)   See fewer
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Luigi Leoni
Un esclave (segment "Nuits romaines") (uncredited) Un esclave (segment "Nuits romaines") (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jean-Pierre Léaud
Le garçon d'étage (segment "Anticipation") (uncredited) Le garçon d'étage (segment "Anticipation") (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jacques Marin
Un agent de police (segment "Aujourd'hui") (uncredited) Un agent de police (segment "Aujourd'hui") (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jacques Monod
Un homme du peuple (segment "Mademoiselle Mimi") (uncredited) Un homme du peuple (segment "Mademoiselle Mimi") (uncredited)   See fewer
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Laure Paillette
Une locataire (segment "Aujourd'hui") (uncredited) Une locataire (segment "Aujourd'hui") (uncredited)   See fewer
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Albert Rémy
Frenchman with 2 sous (segment "Mademoiselle Mimi") (uncredited) Frenchman with 2 sous (segment "Mademoiselle Mimi") (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gianni Solaro
Un invité (segment "Nuits romaines") (uncredited) Un invité (segment "Nuits romaines") (uncredited)   See fewer
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Pierre Tornade
Le déménageur (segment "Mademoiselle Mimi") (uncredited) Le déménageur (segment "Mademoiselle Mimi") (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.6 / 10 | 305 votes