The Lickerish Quartet
|The Lickerish Quartet|
|Directed by||Radley Metzger|
|Screenplay by||Michael DeForrest|
|Based on||"Hide and Seek"|
by Michael DeForrest
|Produced by||Radley Metzger|
|Edited by||Amedeo Salfa|
|Music by||Stelvio Cipriani|
The Lickerish Quartet (Italian: Esotika Erotika Psicotika) is a 1970 erotic drama film produced and directed by Radley Metzger. It was filmed in Italian and later dubbed into English. The film was written by Metzger and Michael DeForrest.
In their castle, a wealthy couple (Frank Wolff and Erika Remberg) watch an erotic movie with their adult son, played by Paolo Turco. Later that evening, at a local carnival, they spot a woman (Silvana Venturelli) who appears to be one of the performers in the film, and decide to take her home with them. Although a subsequent viewing of the film calls the woman's identity into question, their house guest quickly succeeds in seducing the various members of the family, resulting in the revelation of certain facts, fears and desires.
- Silvana Venturelli as The visitor
- Frank Wolff as Castle owner
- Erika Remberg as His wife
- Paolo Turco as Her son
The Lickerish Quartet received critical praise upon its release by many critics, especially Andy Warhol and Vincent Canby, as being one of the first films with graphic sex to have Hollywood-like production values. Vincent Canby of The New York Times noted: “I must say I find most of Mr. Metzger’s movies entertaining to watch. They are so, well, ripe with incredible color and décor and movement.” Andy Warhol, who helped begin the Golden Age of Porn with his 1969 film Blue Movie, was a fan of Metzger's film work and commented that The Lickerish Quartet, was “an outrageously kinky masterpiece”. However, Roger Ebert found the film to be pretentious and the plot convoluted.
According to one film reviewer, Radley Metzger's films, including those made during the Golden Age of Porn (1969–1984), are noted for their "lavish design, witty screenplays, and a penchant for the unusual camera angle". Another reviewer noted that his films were "highly artistic — and often cerebral ... and often featured gorgeous cinematography". Film and audio works by Metzger have been added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.
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- The Lickerish Quartet trailer.
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