The Opening of Misty Beethoven

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The Opening of Misty Beethoven
The Opening of Misty Beethoven movie poster
Directed by Radley Metzger (as Henry Paris)[1][2]
Produced by Radley Metzger
Written by Jake Barns
Starring Constance Money
Jamie Gillis
Jacqueline Beudant
Gloria Leonard
Terri Hall
Music by George Craig
Gioacchino Rossini
Cinematography Robert Rochester
Edited by Bonnie Karrin
Distributed by Catalyst Productions
Joy Bear Pictures
VCA Pictures[3]
Release dates
March, 1976
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Opening of Misty Beethoven is an American adult film released in 1976. It was produced with a relatively high budget and filmed on elaborate locations in Paris, New York City and Rome with a musical score, and it owes much to its fastidious director Radley Metzger (directing this film as "Henry Paris").[1][2] According to award-winning author Toni Bentley, the film is considered the "crown jewel" of the Golden Age of Porn.[1][2]


In a adult erotic take-off of George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion (and its derivative, My Fair Lady), the film is about a sexologist who tries transforming a low-skilled prostitute into a goddess of passion. While he tries to prepare her to seduce a homosexual artist, it is he for whom she develops feelings. In this film, Henry Higgins (of Pygmalion) is replaced by Dr. Seymour Love, the sexologist, played by Jamie Gillis. Eliza Doolittle (of Pygmalion) becomes Dolores "Misty" Beethoven, who is played by Constance Money, and Colonel Pickering becomes Geraldine Rich, played by Jacqueline Beudant. During the film, Misty achieves "elevation" better than Love and Rich had hoped but then cuts them off, as in George Bernard Shaw's play. However, this film then sees Misty return, take over for Dr. Love, and run the "school". Dr. Love is present but in a very subservient position. It is clearly Misty that is in charge by this time.


In an era, also known as the Golden Age of Porn, in which pornography was just beginning to be widely released, most movies of that time were expected to have at least minimal plots. Misty's plot was more elaborate than most; it was based directly on George Bernard Shaw's play, Pygmalion, as well as the Broadway and Hollywood success My Fair Lady. The film is also satirical, with many added comic touches and dialogue designed for laughs. It includes Mark Margolis's first role. The Opening of Misty Beethoven has the distinction of being the first widely released porn movie to feature female-on-male pegging.[4]


Awards from the Adult Film Association of America:

Other awards[edit]


In 2004, Misty Beethoven: The Musical!, a musical remake, was released. It featured Sunset Thomas, Randy Spears, Julie Meadows, Asia Carrera, Chloe, Dave Cummings, Mike Horner, Evan Stone and Tyce Bune. It was directed by Veronica Hart. The film won the 2004 XRCO Award for "Best Comedy or Parody"[citation needed], and the 2005 AVN Award for "Best Sex Comedy".[12]

2012 restoration[edit]

In 2012, DistribPix oversaw a complete restoration of the film, with the full cooperation of the director. The result had a limited exhibition in theaters, but the main outcome of the project was the first-ever official DVD and Blu-ray releases. In addition, a fully annotated CD soundtrack was released.

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Bentley, Toni (June 2014). "The Legend of Henry Paris". Playboy (magazine). Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Bentley, Toni (June 2014). "The Legend of Henry Paris" (PDF). Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ VCA Pictures
  4. ^ Nault, Curran (Summer 2010). "Bend Over Boyfriend to Take it Like a Man: pegging pornography and the queer representation of straight sex". Jump Cut (52). 
  5. ^ Frank Thistle, "The Second Annual Erotica Awards," Adam Film World, January 1979, pp. 24-27, 72.
  6. ^ Adult Film Association of America - 1976 - AFAA Award - Best Director
  7. ^ a b AFAA, "8th Annual AFAA Erotic Film Awards," official program, March 14, 1984.
  8. ^ a b Thomas H. Hilton, "The First Annual Erotica Awards", Adam Film World, December 1977, pp. 18-21.
  9. ^ AFAA, "Seventh Annual Erotica Awards," official program, June 23, 1983.
  10. ^ Staff (January 11, 2002). "Adult Video News Awards - Winner - Best Classic DVD". AVN Award. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  11. ^ Transcript of AVC video, A Night of Legends: First Annual XRCO Adult Film Awards, 1985
  12. ^ "Best Sex Comedy". Retrieved March 2, 2014. 

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