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Episode 1: Scores of Lickerish – Radley Metzger and the Art of Pornography, Pt. 1

The first episode of Hell’s Belles, hosted by Heather Drain and Kat Ellinger, kicks off with part one of a two part conversation on the cinema of Radley Metzger.

Radley Metzger was unrivaled when it came to mixing erotica and porn with artistic flourish. Working in Europe during his early days he borrowed from Italian and Swedish cinema to create some of the most beautiful erotic film ever made. In this episode Heather and Kat take a look at Metzger’s early films with a focus on Camille 2000 (1969) and The Lickerish Quartet (1970) as well as unraveling some of the director’s key themes throughout his work in order to offer up a wide ranging appreciation of one of America’s most daring and artful independent filmmakers of all time.

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  1. Just listened to this and part 2 and loved them both. I came to Metzger via art and design — years ago I saw the cover tot he US DVD release of Carmen, Baby and thought, “swingin’ sixties lady in a cool globe chair? I need to know more.” Thus began a crash course that dovetailed nicely into a youthful obsession with Emmanuelle and Sylvia Kristel and led, ultimately, to my devotion to Jean Rollin and Jess Franco (I never did warm to Russ Meyers). And those films did a lot to bring me out of a sort of repressed small-town way of thinking about sexuality and alternative lifestyles that made me a better, more tolerant, and more fun person.

    And the podcast itself — I hope there are still plans to record more. It’s insightful, open, smart, and funny. I’m still dying about the “dog’s balls” camera angle discussion.

  2. Christopher Williams

    I loved listening to these two podcasts from you both, love the passion you clearly show of this genre. Even your tendencies to veer completely “off topic” are endearing, humorous, and you never know where you are going to end up. But somehow these two shows are a fitting tribute, not just to Metzger, but also the genre he worked so beautifully in and owned! Thank you.

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