Radley Metzger

Director, Producer, Distributor
A pioneer in the erotic genre, Bronx-born Radley Metzger is recalled for a series of frank features in the 1960s and 70s that were aimed at a mature audience. In comparison with later R-rated fare, his European-flavored ... Read more »
Born: 01/21/1929 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (11)

Score 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Princess and the Call Girl 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

The Cat and the Canary 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Image 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Opening of Misty Beethoven 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Naked Came the Stranger 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Don't Cry For Me Little Mother 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Little Mother 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lickerish Quartet 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Therese and Isabelle 1968 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (5)

Score 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Don't Cry For Me Little Mother 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Little Mother 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Lickerish Quartet 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Therese and Isabelle 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (3)

The Princess and the Call Girl 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Cat and the Canary 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lickerish Quartet 1970 (Movie)

("Hide and Seek") (From Story)
Actor (1)

Don't Cry For Me Little Mother 1971 (Movie)

American Surgeon (Actor)

Biography

A pioneer in the erotic genre, Bronx-born Radley Metzger is recalled for a series of frank features in the 1960s and 70s that were aimed at a mature audience. In comparison with later R-rated fare, his European-flavored artsy movies contained far less explicit sex but in their day, his films were considered adventurous.

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York, New York
enrolled in graduate studies; dropped out to serve in the US Air Force

Milestones

1984

Directed "The Princess and the Call Girl"; also wrote screenplay; aired on the Playboy Channel on cable

1979

Wrote and directed the mystery comedy "The Cat and the Canary"

1976

Directed the long-running X-rated feature "The Opening of Misty Beethoven" (credited as Henry Paris)

1974

Under the pseudonym Henry Paris, moved into more hardcore territory, directing "The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann"

1972

Helmed the visually arresting bisexual erotic comedy "Score"

1969

Produced and directed the popular soft-core feature "The Lickerish Quartet"

1968

Directed "Camille 2000" in Italy

1968

Converted the French national monument Abbey of Royaumont into a girls school, the setting of his acclaimed "Therese and Isabelle"

1966

Directed his first color film, "Carmen, Baby"

1966

Was editor of the horror film "The Flesh Eaters"

1965

Returned to directing with "The Dirty Girls"

1959

Edited the Walter Matthau-helmed film "The Gangster Story"

1958

Co-directed with Kyriakis the the low-budget drama "Dark Odyssey"; independently distributed it himself; set a record for lowest gross at the theater where it debuted

1953

Early film credit as assistant director to William Kyriakis on "Guerilla Girl"

Went to the Supreme Court fighting a censorship battle over distribution of the Italian film "The Libertine" (1968)

Distributed the European features "I Spit on Your Grave" (1959) and "I, a Woman" (1966)

Cut movie trailers at Janus Films

Formed Audobon Films with Ava Leighton in the 1960s

Bonus Trivia

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He was the subject of a retrospective in Boston in February 2001.

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