Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 3pm
Radley Metzger's The Lickerish Quartet
155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn
The Lickerish Quartet, Radley Metzger, digital projection, 1970, 90 mins
Introduced by Dan Graham
Dan Graham presents The Lickerish Quartet, one of the greatest softcore films by American sexploitation auteur Radley Metzger. Dubbed an “erotic duet for four players” by Metzger, this lavish production tells the story of an aristocratic European family—father, mother, and son—drawn into a series of sexual encounters with a mysterious woman.
“The erotic film assumes a certain self-consciousness on the spectator’s part, a consciousness of him/herself as a person with a sexual desire. In a porno theater the spectator unconsciously desires to observe others in the audience brought to desire by their identification with the action. Thus the viewer may be brought out of the film to observe his/her neighbor’s heavy breathing, aroused, embarrassed silences, while he/she is aware that the other person’s ‘thoughts’/feelings are similar to his/her own. The observer identifies with the other spectator’s desires. By the same token, the porno film is equally self-conscious, manifested in the actors’ lack of total projection into their roles, a self-conscious directorial self-indulgence, lack of defined narrative. The film has a ‘bad conscience’ as it seems aware that its ‘reality’ is more about exploiting the spectator at the level of his guilty base desires (Puritan ethic) than in its filmic structure. These ‘exploited’ but real sexual desires of the spectators at the porno film are shown to be false by the shoddiness of the imaginary film world with which they must identify to be sexually stimulated. But there is another sexual desire experienced by the film spectator. It is a result of his/her ego identifying with the film projection itself: the projector; the invisible camera, which is, nevertheless, still identified with; the screen upon which the illusionary world is projected; the dark room where one sits semi-somnolent and semi-aware, isolated, but surrounded by the presence of others—the situation producing immediate, voyeuristic pleasure much like that of a dream which can later be discarded and disavowed...” - Dan Graham, “Commentary/The Lickerish Quartet,” 1979
Tickets - $7, available at door.
Please note: seating is limited. First-come, first-served. Box office opens at 2:30pm.