Radley Metzger | Offscreen
Offscreen Guest of honor:
The pornographic film industry of today, presenting a sterilized parade of mechanical pounding, has completely lost touch with eroticism. And yet erotic cinema once lived its moment of glory, to which Radley Metzger’s contributions were undeniably decisive. A pioneer in independent filmmaking, Metzger’s career began in the 60s as a trailer editor for international films by heavyweights such as Bergman and Antonioni. Their influence is palpable in many Metzger’s early films: his psycho-sexual dramas are steeped in European sensibilities and endowed with elegant shots and lavish sets, making him one the spearheads of erotic arthouse cinema. Two of his best-known films, The Lickerish Quartet and Camille 2000, manage to capture the wildly progressive mood of the swinging sixties. From the 70s onwards, the sexual revolution began to radicalize pornographic content: with Score, Metzger explored the boundaries between soft and hardcore while shuffling from comedy to transgression before turning to explicit pornography under the pseudonym Henry Paris. His tasteful mise-en-scène and original dialogues made him stand out from his peers, most notably through the power play at hand in The Image and the flippancy of The Opening of Misty Beethoven.
Radley Metzger is this year’s guest of honor and will personally present his films.
Under the wing of a rich baron, the beautiful Marguerite has a penchant for young lovers and decadent orgies in her opulent villa. She sets her sights on a handsome bachelor who refuses to play by her rules. A pop-art ode to the erotic whimsy of the 60s.
Meet Elvira and Jack, a sophisticated couple who enjoy sharing their bed during their many forays into the world of swinging. To further spice up their lives, they go after a seemingly prudish couple who are about to surprise them both. All taboos fly out the window in this beautifully shot erotic drama.
The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann
Pamela's husband employes a private detective to investigate her sexual infidelities. The first hard core film made by Metzger, under the alias "Henry Paris" was instantly acclaimed as a breakthrough achievement – its witty screenplay, stunning cinematography, and expert direction.
Master Class: Radley Metzger
Pornographic films may often be dismissed as quick and cheap, but the oeuvre of Radley Metzger, characterised by opulent production design and exquisite photography, proves otherwise. Learn from the master of erotic cinema how to shoot a nude scene in a hundred different camera positions!
The Lickerish Quartet
Metzger’s masterpiece has an aristocratic family fall head over heels for the lead actress in an erotic film. When they invite her to their sprawling Italian villa, the gorgeous blonde proceeds to seduce every last one of them, bringing to life each of their own personal fantasies.
In this psycho-sexual drama, a writer finds himself in a sadomasochistic triangle with an old friend and her young slave. In this adaption of Catherine Robbe-Grillet’s novel L’image, Metzger pulls all stops, resulting in a powerfully suggestive and otherworldly film.
The Opening of Misty Beethoven
In this pornographic version of Pygmalion, a renowned sexologist solicits a low-ranking prostitute in order to turn her into a world-class sex goddess. A light comedy which has become a porno-chic classic.