|The Image: Claire (Marilyn Roberts, right) reprimands Anne (Rebecca Brooke, middle) in front of Jean (Carl Parker).|
The erotic comedies of Radley Metzger often turn on schemes of seduction orchestrated by male-female partners. In Score (1974), married swingers Jack and Elvira conspire to get their straight friends Eddie and Betsy into bed. In The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976), Metzger’s sexualized variation on Pygmalion, Jacqueline Beudant’s Geraldine plays Colonel Pickering to Jamie Gillis’ Professor Higgins (renamed Seymour Love): as Seymour proceeds to remake the lowly Dolores Beethoven into “Misty,” Geraldine acts as his confidante, interlocutor, and wing-(wo)man. The Image (1975) involves a similarly triangulated relationship between Jean (Carl Parker), his bisexual friend Claire (Marilyn Roberts), and Claire’s submissive lover Anne (Rebecca Brooke). The majority of the film’s erotic set pieces involve either Claire loaning Anne to Jean for him to do with—and to—what he will, or Claire and Jean teaming up to discipline and punish Anne.
|The final scene: Claire submits to Jean.|