Directed by Radley Metzger
Screenplay by Michael DeForrest
Italy| USA | West Germany, 1970
America’s number one softcore purveyor, Radley Metzger, and one of the pioneers of sex cinema, is best known as the director of such erotic milestones as Little Mother, Score and the French lesbian drama Therese and Isabelle. With all of his features, he was acclaimed for his stylish visuals and some say he was one of the best directors of the “porno chic” era of adult cinema. Just before making the transition into hardcore adult films, he directed what many believe to be his greatest and most mainstream movie, The Lickerish Quartet.
In a variation of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema, the film opens on an aristocratic family of three who watch a stag film together. There’s the father (Frank Wolff); his wife (Erika Remberg), and her grown son (Paolo Turco), who all
Review by Pete of Mondo Squallido
Stars: Silvana Venturelli, Frank Wolff, Erika Remberg, Paolo Turco | Written by Michael DeForrest | Directed by Radley Metzger
The second film chronologically from Arrow’s three Metzger releases is The Lickerish Quartet. A film that upon it’s release was critically praised by the likes of Andy Warhol but panned by critics such as Roger Ebert. A film that blurs reality and illusion and a film that is for some both visually complex and intellectually stimulating. The Lickerish Quartet is easily one of Metzger’s most ambitious films from his filmography.
The film opens up with a rich couple played by Frank Wolff and Erika Remberg watching pornography with Remberg’s son played by Paolo Turco. After becoming bored of the film, they decide to go to a travelling carnival to watch a live stunt show. One of the riders, played by
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