The Lickerish Quartet

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The Lickerish Quartet
The Lickerish Quartet.jpg
Directed by Radley Metzger
Music by Stelvio Cipriani
Cinematography Hans Jura
Release dates
  • 1970 (1970)
Country United States

The Lickerish Quartet (original UK title: Erotic Quartet) is a 1970 drama film produced and directed by Radley Metzger. The film was written by Metzger and Michael DeForrest. This was the last non-explicit sex film directed by Metzger.


In their castle, a wealthy couple (Frank Wolff and Erika Remberg) watch a blue 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.


It 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.[1] However, Roger Ebert found the film to be pretentious and the plot convoluted.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Lickerish Quartet trailer.
  2. ^ Roger Ebert (29 April 1971). "The Lickerish Quartet". Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  • Cook, David A. (2002). History of the American cinema 9. University of California Press. pp. 274–275. ISBN 0-520-23265-8. 
  • Slifkin, Irv (2004). VideoHound's groovy movies: far-out films of the psychedelic era. Visible Ink Series. Visible Ink Press. pp. 403–407. ISBN 1-57859-155-4. 

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