Le plus vieux métier du monde (1967)

France, West Germany, Italy,
35mm film, Eastmancolor
mono, French

A French/West German/Italian anthology film with fantasy and science fiction sequences directed by Claude Autant-Lara, Philippe de Broca, Jean-Luc Godard, Michael Pfleghar, Mauro Bolognini and Franco Indovina.

Plot Summary

An anthology of comedy sketches depicting through the ages, two of which are fantasy – in L'ère préhistorique, a caveman finds that a cavewoman is more attractive when she paints her face with the worlds first make up. And in Anticipation, ou l'amour en l'an 2000, the alien Demetrius arrives on Earth only to be offered a “sentimental love” girl, not the “physical love” one that he was expecting.


Athos Films, Franco London Films, Francoriz Production, Les Films Gibé, Rialto Film, Rizzoli Film S.p.a.
Producers: Joseph Bergolz, Horst Wendlandt
Assistant Directors: Ruggero Deodato, Charles L. Bitsch *
Directors of Photography: Heinz Hölscher, Pierre Lhomme
Editors: Agnès Guillemot, Susanne Paschen
Music: Michel Legrand

Director: Claude Autant-Lara
Script: Jean Aurenche
Production Designer: Maurice Petri

Mademoiselle Mimi
Director: Philippe de Broca
Script: Daniel Boulanger
Production Designer: Bernard Evein

Anticipation, ou l'amour en l'an 2000
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Script: Jean-Luc Godard

La belle époque
Director: Michael Pfleghar
Script: André Tabet, Georges Tabet

Les nuits romaines
Director: Mauro Bolognini
Script: Ennio Flaiano

L'ère préhistorique
Director: Franco Indovina
Script: Ennio Flaiano

France Anglade (Catherine)
Nadia Gray (Nadia)
Francis Blanche
Jacques Duby

Mademoiselle Mimi
Jeanne Moreau (Mimi)
Jean-Claude Brialy (Philibert)
Jean Richard
Catherine Samie (Toinette)

Anticipation, ou l'amour en l'an 2000
Jacques Charrier (Nick/John Demetrius)
Anna Karina (Natasha/Eleanor Romeovich)
Jean-Pierre Léaud (bellboy)
Marilù Tolo (Marlene)

La belle époque
Raquel Welch (Nini)
Martin Held (Edouard)
Tilly Lauenstein
Siegfried Schürenberg

Les nuits romaines
Elsa Martinelli (Domitilla)
Gastone Moschin (Flavius)

L'ère préhistorique
Michèle Mercier (Brit)
Enrico Maria Salerno (Rak)
Gabriele Tinti

Alternative Titles

Älteste Gewerbe der Welt, Das – West German title
Amor a través de los siglos, El – Uruguayan title
Amor a través del tiempo, El – Argentinian title
Amore attraverso i secoli, L – Italian title
Amour à travers les âges, L
Love through the Centuries
Maailman vanhin ammatti – Finnish title
Oficio más viejo del mundo, El – Spanish title
Oldest Profession in the World, The
Oldest Profession, The – US title
Pio palio epaggelma tou kosmou, To – Greek title


by Walt Lee p.346 – credits