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Camille 2000 (free)

  • Vilas Hall 821 University Avenue Madison, WI, 53706 United States (map)

Radley Metzger is very likely the only winner of an Adult Film Association of America award for Best Direction (for The Opening Of Misty Beethoven) who also has work in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York (the screenplay to The Lickerish Quartet). That is a testament to the surprisingly high-quality soft-core smut Metzger has peddled over the years. For those of us adventurous enough to absorb one of Metzger's sleazy masterpieces in public, UW Cinematheque is offering a rare screening of his 1969 film Camille 2000, which loosely adapts Alexandre Dumas’ 1848 novel La Dame aux Camélias. Featuring cinematography from Ennio Guarnieri (who would later work with Fellini, De Sica, and Zeffirelli) and a score from prolific Italian composer Piero Piccioni, the film manages to balance ample amounts of flesh with a soapy but not insubstantial plot. Maybe it's not the best example of Metzger’s talents (the film landed on Roger Ebert’s “Most Hated” list), but given its gorgeous sets and costumes it’s a great place to dip your toe into his works. —Chris Lay

Earlier Event: June 30
Cement Pond
Later Event: June 30
Chicago Edge Ensemble