The Lickerish Quartet

Overview

Master of sophisticated sexploitation Radley Metzger directed this elegant and thoughtful erotic drama. A wealthy and jaded couple living in a palatial Italian villa Erika Remberg and Frank Wolff spend an evening watching pornographic films with their adult son Paolo Turco. Looking for a change of scenery, the family visits a carnival where they see a stuntwoman performing tricks on a motorcycle. When she removes her helmet, they're surprised to discover that the stunt rider appears to be one of the "stars" of ...
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Overview

Master of sophisticated sexploitation Radley Metzger directed this elegant and thoughtful erotic drama. A wealthy and jaded couple living in a palatial Italian villa Erika Remberg and Frank Wolff spend an evening watching pornographic films with their adult son Paolo Turco. Looking for a change of scenery, the family visits a carnival where they see a stuntwoman performing tricks on a motorcycle. When she removes her helmet, they're surprised to discover that the stunt rider appears to be one of the "stars" of the film they watched earlier, except that her blonde hair has turned dark. They invite her back to the villa, only to find out that the images in the film seem to have changed, and the face of the woman onscreen is no longer recognizable. Eventually, the strange woman begins to interact sexually with the mother, father, and son as they walk a fine line between reality and illusion. As with most of his work, the American-born Metzger shot this film in Europe with cinematographer Hans Jura, whose rich color images add immeasurably to this film's impact.
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Special Features

The Making of The Lickerish Quartet - An 11-minute Behind-The-Scenes featurette obtaining rare footage of Silvana Venturelli, Paolo Turco and Radley Metzger; ; Cool Version Love Scenes Produced originally for territories where the Original version was too hot; ; Giving Voice to the Quartet - Location Sound vs Dubbed Soundtrack; Audio Commentary Track by Radley Metzger and film historian Michael Bowen; Trailers
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
In the late '60s and early '70s, even the most fly-by-night low-budget porn purveyor strived to convince folks of the "redeeming artistic and social merit" of their work, but Radley Metzger was one of the few adult filmmakers who not only appeared to truly believe in that notion, but actively strove to live up to his own self-imposed standards of quality. The Lickerish Quartet is often dizzyingly pretentious and threatens to sink into self-parody with startling frequency, but Metzger is so determined to pull it off, that, by hook or by crook, the film manages to work both because of and despite its ambitions. With the exception of Russ Meyer, Radley Metzger was practically the only adult filmmaker of his era who had a genuine visual style (beyond pointing the camera and hoping it was in focus), and the superb camerawork and ambitious production design makes it a pleasure to look at. And while The Lickerish Quartet's intellectual pretensions and film-within-a-film, what-is-real-and-what-is-illusion structure reach further than Metzger can grasp much of the time, there's a very real charm to the picture that's engaging and entertaining. If it isn't as smart as it thinks it is, it's much smarter than it needs to be, and in a genre where intelligence and craft were usually at year zero, Metzger's big ideas and ability to make at least some of them work put him miles ahead of his competition. While the film may seem tame by contemporary standards, the glossy surfaces, overly mannered European decadence, and intellectual pretenses are more compelling and sexier than the average softcore drivel you'll find these days on cable late at night. The Lickerish Quartet plays more like a partially successful pseudo-art film than a landmark in erotic cinema (as it was hailed upon release), but at a time when most adult films appear to be the work of lobotomy cases with camcorders, it's a thoroughly enjoyable reminder of a time when someone was actually trying to raise the creative standards of skin flicks -- not a bad idea then or now.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2011
  • UPC: 881190009697
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Rating:

  • Source: Cult Epics
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Restored
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 29,618

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Wolff The Man
Erika Remberg The Woman
Paolo Turco The Boy
Silvana Venturelli
Technical Credits
Radley Metzger Director, Original Story, Producer
Peter Carsten Producer
Stelvio Cipriani Score Composer
Michael de Forrest Original Story, Screenwriter
Hans Jura Cinematographer
Mario Mariani Production Manager
Enrico Sabbatini Costumes/Costume Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Amedeo Salfa Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lickerish Quartet
1. Home Movies [8:37]
2. Titles [2:24]
3. Carnival [8:30]
4. Back At The Castle [7:21]
5. Where Is She? [12:56]
6. Library [13:46]
7. Young Lovers [11:55]
8. To Get By [12:53]
9. Hide & Seek [6:10]
10. It's Only a Film [3:04]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Lickerish Quartet
   Play Film
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      The Making of The Lickerish Quartet
      Cool Version Love Scenes
      Giving Voice To The Quartet
      Audio Commentary By Michael Bowen & Radley Metzger
      Score Trailer
      Camille 2000 Trailer
      The Lickerish Quartet Trailer
   Setup
      English - Mono Dolby Digital 2.0
      Audio Commentary By Michael Bowen & Radley Metzger
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