This Is Softcore: Images from the Radley Metzger Retrospective

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Therese and Isabelle (1968, 118 minutes)

The pillow-lipped, helmet-haired Scandi-beauty Essy Persson stars in Therese and Isabelle, Metzger's adaptation, shot in lustrous black-and-white, of Violette Leduc's anguished autobiographical account of her boarding-school lesbian romance.

A maestro of aspirational porn, Radley Metzger populated his soft- and hard-core films of the 1960s and '70s with Continental swells whose luxe dwellings and vast expanses of land made for optimal prime pleasure domes. The 85-year-old director, who'll be present at many of the screenings in the Film Society of Lincoln Center's eight-film tribute, elevated his randy projects with sumptuous production values, his meticulous decor and mise-en-scène long outmoded in today's quickie online porn. Here are images from those eight films. For a full schedule, visit the Lincoln Center website for the Voice's rep film calendar.

Read Melissa Anderson's full column on this series: "Lincoln Center Recalls When Screen Sex was Randy"

Published on August 6, 2014

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