18 Facts About Radley Metzger


Radley Henry Metzger was born on January 21,1929, on the Grand Concourse in The Bronx, New York City, and was the second son of Jewish parents, Julius and Anne.


Radley Metzger claimed he found relief from his allergies in movie theaters, especially at the Audubon Ballroom theatre, while growing up.


Early in his career, in the 1950s, Radley Metzger worked primarily as a film editor and was a member of Local 771 of the IATSE.


In 1953, Radley Metzger was credited as assistant director to William Kyriakis on the film Guerilla Girl.


Radley Metzger's directorial film debut, Dark Odyssey, was a drama concerning the experiences of a Greek immigrant arriving in New York.


In 1959, he edited the film The Gangster Story starring Walter Matthau and, in 1960, Radley Metzger was a presenter for the Japanese film The Warped Ones.


Later, in 1961, along with film distributor Ava Leighton, Radley Metzger founded Audubon Films.


Radley Metzger was named after the Audubon Ballroom theatre, one of his favorite movie theaters while growing up.


Radley Metzger cites John Farrow, Claude Lelouch, Michael Powell, Alain Resnais and Orson Welles as influencing his work.


Radley Metzger worked with the French film director Jean Renoir, as well as the American actor Hal Linden.


In 1972, Radley Metzger directed the film Score, based on an erotic off-Broadway play that included Sylvester Stallone.


Films directed by Radley Metzger included musical scores composed by Georges Auric, Stelvio Cipriani, Georges Delerue, and Piero Piccioni.


Under the pseudonym "Henry Paris," Radley Metzger directed several explicit adult erotic features during the mid- to late-1970s.


Radley Metzger's films are typified by high production values, especially The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann and The Opening of Misty Beethoven, and are generally critically celebrated.


Many of Radley Metzger's films, including Score, The Image, The Opening of Misty Beethoven and Barbara Broadcast, as well as his earlier softcore films, Camille 2000 and The Lickerish Quartet, have been released in Blu-ray versions.


Later in life, Radley Metzger considered several "Henry Paris"-like film projects, including one titled Solarium, another one based on the book The Surrender by Toni Bentley, and a third one based on his own original script, using Shakespearean dialogue, tentatively titled The Heat of the Midnight Sun.


Radley Metzger died of undisclosed causes in New York City on Friday, March 31,2017 at the age of 88.


In 2010, Radley Metzger was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oldenburg International Film Festival, where he served as a judge in 2011.