Radley Metzger  

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Radley Metzger (born January 21 1929) is an American filmmaker and distributor. He is also credited under the pseudonym Henry Paris, a name he adopted in the 1970s when he began to direct hardcore pornography.

Metzger was born in New York City. In his early career, Radley Metzger was a film editor, working on such films as The Flesh Eaters, and providing censor cuts for European films like Bitter Rice. He also edited several trailers, quite a number of them for the films of Ingmar Bergman. An early directorial effort, Dark Odyssey (1961) did poorly at the box office.

Along with Ava Leighton, he founded Audubon Films in the early 1960s, a film distribution company that specialized in importing European features to exploit in the gradually expanding sexploitation film market. Metzger's skills as an editor were employed in re-cutting and augmenting many of the features Audubon handled. The company's first run-away success was Mac Ahlberg's I, a Woman (U. S. 1966).

Metzger's second significant directorial effort, The Dirty Girls was released in 1965.

As an auteur, he is considered by his fans to be among the more stylish directors of the porn chic era. He regularly collaborated with cinematographer Hans Jura. His company Audubon, distributed European films in the United States.

As "Henry Paris," Metzger is also respected for a handful of explicit pornographic features typified by high production values, especially The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1975) and The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann (1975).

Metzger retired from filmmaking in 1984.

Selected filmography


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