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The Lickerish Quartet [Blu-ray] (1970)

Silvana Venturelli , Frank Wolff , Radley Metzger  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Silvana Venturelli, Frank Wolff
  • Directors: Radley Metzger
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Restored, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Cult Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004D8P25I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,807 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The most beautiful film of this kind I've ever seen. Erotic yet tastefully done! --Radio Station WHBI, FM

Beautiful! Ripe with incredible color decor and movement! --New York Times

Beautiful! Ripe with incredible color decor and movement! --New York Times

Product Description

An aristocratic family become obsessed with a striking young blonde actress while watching a stag film. After a visit at a carnival they meet her in person and invite her back to their seaside mansion (the Castle of Balsorano in Italy's Abruzzi Mountains). The blonde takes turns seducing the family members, where she unlocks each of their fantasies, family secrets and hidden desires. THE LICKERISH QUARTET is Radley Metzger's magnum opus, a delirious surreal erotic fantasy, stylish and elegant.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Erotic, Pleasing, Interesting August 23, 1999
Format:DVD
"The Lickerish Quartet" is what I always thought pornography should be, but never is. There is enough sex in the movie, but it's all very real-seeming, without being vulgar (no close-up entry shots, etc.) The settings are evocative and stylish, the story line is OK, and the individual scenes (even besides the sex) are extremely interesting and intriguing. Expect some subtle eroticism, and a lot of not-so-subtle.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tarot (commercially viable) August 12, 2012
Format:DVD
There are many reasons to respect this film.

This film was a made in 1969 - a time in which nudity and sexuality in film were relegated to the category of "pretentious smut" in grindhouse "art" theaters.

This film is an early exploration of human sexuality at a time when exploring our sexuality was still "taboo." Many people didn't experience this period in our history. This was one of the first films released in the U. S. to (tastefully) depict full frontal nudity, lesbian encounters and the healing powers of intimacy.

The film is about the mystical powers of intimacy that heal and empower individuals. There are only four characters in the film. Each of them represent one of four archetypes in the symbolism of the Tarot. Mysticism (beyond organized religion) was also a taboo subject up until the early seventies. For example, the principal character is a young ("smokin' hot) woman who is sexually independent, confident in her sexuality, and, engages the other three characters in intimacy. She is represented by the "priestess" in the Tarot. The Tarot is fairly described as a map of human consciousness expressed in universal (and timeless) anthropological symbols. The Tarot Handbook: Practical Applications of Ancient Visual Symbols.

The young boy in the film (just coming of age) is a metaphor for the "magus" (magician or transformer) in the Tarot. He is young, innocent and mercurial. His archetype represents the power of innocence and youth to transform. There was an entire film from the period, with Anthony Quinn, that was devoted specifically to this archetype.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Art of the "Art Film" June 13, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"The Lickerish Quartet" is a shining example of alternative 1970's film making. In a time when adult films had to be classified as "art-films" to avoid censorship, writers and directors were forced to put a lot of effort into plot, dialog, and storyline. The end result sometimes worked better than others and here we see just how imaginitive a.... film can be. Beautiful cinematography, grandiose setting, and a certain "twighlight-zone" twist, make this film anything but boring. What makes it shine is the way it reflects the ... vision of 1970. The sex is free and easy, though carefully handled and practically "R" rated. If you like seduction, passion, and lovers running through the grass, this is the film for you. There's plenty of porn around, but this is something else. The motorcycle stunt scene is worth the price of the film alone. Director Radley Metzger has secured a place in film history.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Lickerish Quartet Blu-ray May 10, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
This new Blu-ray of Radley Metzger's THE LICKERISH QUARTET isn't bad, but there are some source-related issues. Specks and lines are not uncommon. It looks like you're watching a film print of an old movie that's been around the block a few times. That said, it's certainly watchable, and you can tell it's high def. Maybe it would even take away from the "grindhouse" feel of the film if it looked too clean. Just be sure to temper your expectations.

The interesting thing about THE LICKERISH QUARTET is that while it is a softcore film, it's more ambitious than a lot of regular films. The sex scenes may be longer than necessary, but they always serve the story. Many scenes are surreal, and we're never completely sure what is real and what is a fantasy. The idea behind the film is that while a film is permanent, the viewing experience can change depending on the viewer.

A man, his wife, and her adult son view a porn film in their castle featuring a stunning blonde. The bratty son gets tired of it, and they go to a carnival for his entertainment. There, they notice a performer who looks just like the blonde woman in the film they just watched, and the man invites her back to the castle to watch the film. However, when they get her back to their place, the film is not the same as it was before. The next day, each one is seduced by the alluring blonde (Silvana Venturelli) and learns a bit about who they really are.

THE LICKERISH QUARTET is quite dated. What turned audiences on in the early '70s seems pretty tame, even funny, today. That said, it's still an entertaining artifact from a different time and there's really not much else like it.

The Blu-ray comes with a decent amount of extras, including an informative audio commentary by Metzger, a making-of, trailers, and more.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking January 19, 2002
Format:DVD
I once wrote a review on "Wildflowers" (2000) suggesting that it should have won an Oscar for cinematography. Same thing applies here. Anybody who has been captured by (or curious about) the mystical splendor of Europe's old castles doesn't want to miss this 1970 movie. Whether it's erotic enough (or too erotic for an art film) is another story. Cinematography alone defines pretty well the difference between "Lickerish Quartet" and thousands of sleazy flicks out there. (P.S. I first gave it 3 stars then realized Sylvana Venturelli's stunning beauty deserved another one).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good
It is a good old movie, but it was cut and edited in a way that made it not worth to watch it, trust me 99% of all the Amazon movies are edited, and cut so bad sometimes that you... Read more
Published 21 hours ago by mido
1.0 out of 5 stars Bearkthrough once but stale now
When this film first appeared it was considered "daring" and a "breakthrough." Alas, the decades have not been kind to the work and, today, it appears trite and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dale H. Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars Radley Metzger on form
Being a fan of Radley Metzger is seldom more easy than when watching this feature. Lickerish Quartet has all the characteristics of a classical Radley Metzger feature: It's kinky,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by T.T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Euro porn
There's a reason the Europeans laugh at American sexualty. This movie is now 43 years old, but still retains its amazing eroticism. And a decent amount of drama. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul A. Stasz
1.0 out of 5 stars Waist of time.
This was a terrible movie. Poor acting and bad story line. I tossed my disc in the garbage. I would not recommend this movie to anyone.
Published 9 months ago by Gerald F. Wery
2.0 out of 5 stars clever rather than erotic
I was new to this director, already known for a repertoire of naughty pictures. The idea as expressed by reviewers made the plot feel like one that was ripe for erotic situations. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Paul Zborowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised
Although it's definitly a 70's movie - clothing styles, music,etc., this is more like a French film the way it is presented. Read more
Published on July 22, 2010 by LakeKids
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic 70's movie
Watch it as a "regular" movie as the sex scenes aren't really TOP! But the movie itself is quite nice, some nice avant guard movie making (being the 70's), the story is not bad,... Read more
Published on July 11, 2008 by Moviewatcher
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy
The Lickerish Quartet, though tame by today's standards comes from an era when for a movie to have some explicit content would have to be deemed "to have political, social or... Read more
Published on July 15, 2006 by directions
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
No redeeming qualities, except maybe the cute blond in a short skirt. That is all. Dumb settings, not artful or exciting. Read more
Published on January 19, 2003
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