radley Metzger's fame rests largely on having brought sophistication to softcore porn in films like Camille 2000, The Lickerish Quartet, and Score. Those who have delved deeper into his career know that he's also responsible for a string of well-regarded hardcore movies like The Opening of Misty Beethoven and The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann, under the pseudonym of Henry Paris. Less known but equally intriguing are two more serious works that bookend the most productive period of his career from the late '60s to the early '70s. These are his first film, Dark Odyssey (1957), and Little Mother (1973), a loose adaptation of the life of Eva Peron. Their DVD release in generally excellent transfers from Image Entertainment sheds new light on the maverick Metzger.
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