Sabtu, 30 April 2011
Radley Metzger - The Lickerish Quartet (1970)
“Put simply, Metzger would be a crucial director even if he had only made The Lickerish Quartet and nothing else. On its own terms as cinema and outside the boundaries of European erotica, this remarkable film operates on levels of narrative gamesmanship, visual architecture, and technical virtuosity that put most modern films to shame. Many illusion versus reality films tend to fall flat on their own pretension, but this, along with 8 1/2, The Stunt Man, and Last Year at Marienbad, is one of the few exceptions.
While The Lickerish Quartet contains a great deal of sex, the love scenes are ingeniously presented as moody vignettes which reflect the nature and transformation of the characters… All of the actors are well up to the task here, and the twangy, vibrant score by Stelvio Cipriani (or Stephen Cipriani, as the film credits him) adds to the twisted, playfulambience. Beautifully shot and enhanced with razor sharp editing (including many disorienting cross cuts between time and space), The Lickerish Quartet is that rare film that not only benefits from repeated viewings but actually requires them.” - mondo-digital.com