The World of Henry Paris

The World of Henry Paris is a 1981 American compilation film documentary of the 1970s erotic films directed by Radley Metzger, working under the alias name of "Henry Paris".[1][2][3]

The World of Henry Paris
Directed byRadley Metzger
(as "Henry Paris")
Produced byAudubon Films
Distributed byVCA Pictures (USA)
Release date
  • 1981 (1981)
Running time


The World of Henry Paris film presents highlights from the 1970s erotic films of "Henry Paris" (pseudonym of director Radley Metzger) which included Score (1974), The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann (1974), Naked Came The Stranger (1975), The Image (1975), The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976), Barbara Broadcast (1977), Marashino Cherry (1978) and The Tale of Tiffany Lust (1979).[4][5][6] The "Henry Paris" films were released during the Golden Age of Porn (inaugurated by the 1969 release of Andy Warhol's Blue Movie) and the phenomenon of "porno chic"[7][8] in the United States, in which adult erotic films were just beginning to be widely released, publicly discussed by celebrities (like Johnny Carson and Bob Hope)[9] and taken seriously by film critics (like Roger Ebert).[10][11]

According to one film reviewer, Metzger's films, including those made during the Golden Age of Porn (1969–1984), are noted for their "lavish design, witty screenplays, and a penchant for the unusual camera angle".[12] Another reviewer noted that his films were "highly artistic — and often cerebral ... and often featured gorgeous cinematography".[4] Film and audio works by Metzger have been added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.[13][14][15][16]


See also

The following listing includes directors also known for artistic, adult-oriented films:

Related directors


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