The Lickerish Quartet (1970)

RADLEY METZGER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

Italy/USA/West Germany, 1970, , .  Story by , Radley Metzger, Screenplay by Michael DeForrest.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Radley Metzger.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Enrico Sabbatini.  Film Editing by .

In a giant, remote Italian villa, a middle-aged couple watch an erotic film with their son before the wife decides she’s had enough and wants to go out.  They head to a nearby carnival, where they see a stunt woman in a motorcycle spectacle who closely resembles the star of the porn they just watched.  They invite her back to their house and begin a couple of days of heated conversations and confrontations that serve mainly as an excuse to get star ‘s clothing off and get her into some pretty compromising situations.   It’s beyond silly and would probably have passed for sexy in its time, but it does have some moments of great style worth cherishing, such as a couple having sex on a floor covered in giant, blown-up images of pages from a dictionary (with the dirtiest of words favoured).  The characters are so dull, however, and the plot so threadbare, that it’s a bit of a chore to sit through even if you are just waiting for the sex, but the ending is a fun attempt at clever mind tricks.

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