THE OPENING OF MISTY BEETHOVEN (USA 1976)
The story of the film follows those of My Fair Lady: A certain Dr. Love (Jamie Gillis) meets with the prostituted Misty Beethoven (Constance Money). He is delighted with her and intent on making the Golden Rod-Girl of her, a sexual accomplished artist. After a short hesitance, Misty agrees to the plan and soon after, she experiences all the ups and downs of being a sex student.
The Opening Of Misty Beethoven is - concerning stagecraft as well as dramatic composition - loosely able to stand comparison next to reputable films. It concerns a consistently facetious and intelligent film, which is rather in common with Woody Allen than with Deep Throat. All that without becoming suspect not to be a real porn, because this film has got more and above all essentially prickly sex to offer than Deep Throat.
Asking her name, the heroine of the film answers: "Misty Beethoven". "Your real name?" - "No, it's not, but I think it sounds more important." "What's your real name?" - "Dolores Beethoven". This kind of dialogues is rare in the history of porn. A little funny anecdote noted in the margin: Based on the scene where Misty and a friend coddle a man with a dildo, the film ended up in gay film category betimes.
A varied selection of erotic naughty riddled with pop art motifs stirs porn fans and cinemagoers blood. Everything is elegantly shot and jazzy acted. Director Henry Paris manages specially interconnecting the plot with eroticism and sex so that none of these elements degenerates to foreign matter. Finally, The Opening Of Misty Beethoven was honoured with the first porn award and screened for seven years steadily in American sex cinemas.
Direction: Henry Paris, Aka Radley Metzger
Actors/actresses: Constance Money, Jaqueline Beudant, Jamie Gillis, Terry Hall, Gloria Leonard, Jenny Baxter, Mary Stuart, Marlene Willoughby, Ras King, Casey Donovan, Janet Baldwin, Cynthia Gardener, Helen Simone, Marlene Parker, a.o.
Run: 84 min.