OPENING OF MISTY BEETHOVEN
DVD region 0. Joybear Classics.
Opening of Misty Beethoven was made in 1976 by 'Henry
Paris' - in reality Radley Metzger, already a director with an
impeccable reputation for his stylish, sophistictaed softcore
movies shot during the Sixties and early Seventies. Metzger would
only shoot a handful of hardcore films, but is rightly hailed
as a genre great for his work.
Beethoven has much of the style found in his softer films
- it oozes class as it reworks Pygmalion
into the story ofd a street hooker who is transformed by dilettante
Jamie Gillis into a sexual socialite.
excellent production values, good performances from the cast (Constance
Money as Misty and Gillis both excel) and a witty script, this
is every bit as good as any mainstream movie. In fact, the only
thing it lacks, unfortunately, is sexual passion - it has a detachment
and coldness that, admittedly, is a requirement of the story.
But it's what stops me from agreeing with those critics who hail
it as the greatest adult movie ever made. It's a superb work,
but no matter how sophisticated a porn movie is, it still needs
a degree of sexual heat. Metzger himself did better with his SM-themed
masterpiece The Image, where masterful film-making
and a passion you could almost taste combined to make probably
the ultimate erotic film.
criticisms aside, Misty Beethoven is a classic
film, and one that everyone - adult and mainstream fans alike
- should own. Joybear's DVD is sadly missing the extras found
on the US release.
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