Contents 1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Notes 4 2012 restoration 5 Awards 5.1 Other awards 6 Music soundtrack 7 Remake 8 See also 9 References 10 Further reading 11 External links

Plot[edit] In an adult erotic take-off of George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion (and its derivative My Fair Lady), the film is about a sexologist who tries transforming a low-skilled prostitute into a goddess of passion. While he tries to prepare her to seduce a gay male artist (Casey Donovan), it is he for whom she develops feelings. In this film, Henry Higgins (of Pygmalion) is replaced by Dr. Seymour Love, the sexologist, played by Jamie Gillis.[4] Eliza Doolittle (of Pygmalion) becomes Dolores "Misty" Beethoven, who is played by Constance Money,[4] and Colonel Pickering becomes Geraldine Rich, played by Jacqueline Beudant. During the film, Misty achieves "elevation" better than Love and Rich had hoped and then cuts them off, as in George Bernard Shaw's play. However, this film then sees Misty return, take over for Dr. Love, and run the "school". Dr. Love is present but in a very subservient position. It is clearly Misty that is in charge by this time.

Cast[edit] Constance Money as Misty Beethoven Jamie Gillis as Dr. Seymour Love Calvin Culver (aka Casey Donovan) as Jacque Beudant, art dealer Jacqueline Beudant as Geraldine Rich Gloria Leonard as Barbara Layman Terri Hall as Tanya

Notes[edit] The film The Opening of Misty Beethoven was released during the Golden Age of Porn (inaugurated by the 1969 release of Andy Warhol's Blue Movie) and the phenomenon of "porno chic"[5][6] 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)[7] and taken seriously by film critics (like Roger Ebert).[8][9] In this Golden Age era, most films of the time were expected to have at least minimal plots. Misty's plot was more elaborate than most; it was based directly on George Bernard Shaw's play, Pygmalion, as well as the Broadway and Hollywood success My Fair Lady. The film is also satirical, with many added comic touches and dialogue designed for laughs. It includes Mark Margolis's first role. The Opening of Misty Beethoven has the distinction of being the first widely released porn movie to feature female-on-male pegging.[10]

2012 restoration[edit] In 2012, DistribPix oversaw a complete restoration of the film, with the full cooperation of the director. The result had a limited exhibition in theaters, but the main outcome of the project was the first-ever official DVD and Blu-ray releases. In addition, a fully annotated CD soundtrack was released. A listing of the music on the film soundtrack was released earlier.[11][12]

Awards[edit] Awards from the Adult Film Association of America: Best Picture[13][14][15] Best Director (Radley Metzger as "Henry Paris")[13][14][15] Best Actor (Jamie Gillis)[4][16] Best Screenplay (Radley Metzger as "Jake Barnes")[15] Best Editing (Bonnie Karrin)[14][17] Other awards[edit] 2002 AVN Award - "Best Classic DVD"[18] The film was one of the first to be inducted into the XRCO Hall of Fame.[19]

Music soundtrack[edit] No. Title Artist Length 1. "Bourbon[11][12]" Brian Bennett 3:36 2. "Confunktion" Dave Richmond 4:37 3. "Glass Tubes" Brian Bennett 3:22 4. "Giovane Flirt" AAlessandroni 3:26 5. "Ippica / Going Great" Franco Bonfanti 2:28 6. "Heat Haze" John Cameron 2:52 No. Title Artist Length 7. "Mighty Atom" Steve Gray 2:54 8. "Rebel" John Moran 4:09 9. "Teorema" Brian Bennett 2:08 10. "The Fuzz" Duncan Lamont 2:40 11. "William Tell Overture" Gioachino Rossini 3:44

Remake[edit] In 2004, Misty Beethoven: The Musical!, a musical remake, was released. It featured Sunset Thomas, Randy Spears, Julie Meadows, Asia Carrera, Chloe, Dave Cummings, Mike Horner, Evan Stone and Tyce Bune. It was directed by Veronica Hart. The film won the 2004 XRCO Award for "Best Comedy or Parody"[20] and the 2005 AVN Award for "Best Sex Comedy".[21]

See also[edit] Andy Warhol filmography Erotic art Erotic films in the United States Erotic photography Golden Age of Porn List of American films of 1977 Sex in film Unsimulated sex

References[edit] ^ a b c Bentley, Toni (June 2014). "The Legend of Henry Paris". Playboy. Retrieved January 26, 2016.  ^ a b c Bentley, Toni (June 2014). "The Legend of Henry Paris" (PDF). Retrieved January 26, 2016.  ^ VCA Pictures ^ a b c d West, Ashley (April 7, 2017). "'The Opening of Misty Beethoven' (1976): Jamie Gillis and Constance Money". The Rialto Report. Retrieved April 7, 2017.  ^ Blumenthal, Ralph (January 21, 1973). "Porno chic; 'Hard-core' grows fashionable-and very profitable". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved January 20, 2016.  ^ Porno Chic ( ^ Corliss, Richard (March 29, 2005). "That Old Feeling: When Porno Was Chic". Time. Retrieved January 27, 2016.  ^ Ebert, Roger (June 13, 1973). "The Devil In Miss Jones - Film Review". Retrieved February 7, 2015.  ^ Ebert, Roger (November 24, 1976). "Alice in Wonderland:An X-Rated Musical Fantasy". Retrieved February 26, 2016.  ^ Nault, Curran (Summer 2010). "Bend Over Boyfriend to Take it Like a Man: pegging pornography and the queer representation of straight sex". Jump Cut (52).  ^ a b Staff (2016). "The Opening of Misty Beethoven - Original Soundtrack Music listing". IMDB. Retrieved February 26, 2016.  ^ a b Staff (2013). "The Opening of Misty Beethoven Soundtrack (1976) - OST Music Soundtrack". Retrieved February 26, 2016.  ^ a b Hilton, Thomas H. (August 1, 1977). "The Porn Awards". Adam Film World. Vol. 6 no. 6 (issue=66). pp. 16–17.  ^ a b c Hilton, Thomas H. (December 1, 1977). "The First Annual Erotica Awards". Adam Film World. Vol. 6 no. 8 (issue=68). pp. 18–21.  ^ a b c Staff (March 14, 1984). "AFAA - 8th Annual AFAA Erotic Film Awards - official program". Adult Film Association of America.  ^ Frank Thistle, "The Second Annual Erotica Awards," Adam Film World, January 1979, pp. 24-27, 72. ^ AFAA, "Seventh Annual Erotica Awards," official program, June 23, 1983. ^ Staff (January 11, 2002). "Adult Video News Awards - Winner - Best Classic DVD". AVN Award. Retrieved January 28, 2016.  ^ Transcript of AVC video, A Night of Legends: First Annual XRCO Adult Film Awards, 1985 ^ Staff (2016). "XRCO Award". Memim Encyclopedia. Retrieved February 22, 2016.  ^ "Best Sex Comedy". Retrieved March 2, 2014. 

Further reading[edit] Cook, David A. (2002). History of the American cinema. 9. University of California Press. pp. 274–275. ISBN 0-520-23265-8.  Heffernan, Kevin, "A social poetics of pornography", Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Volume 15, Issue 3, December 1994, pp. 77–83. doi:10.1080/10509209409361441. Lehman, Peter, Pornography: film and culture, Rutgers depth of field series, Rutgers University Press, 2006, ISBN 0-8135-3871-8. Williams, Linda, Hard core: power, pleasure, and the "frenzy of the visible", University of California Press, 1999, ISBN 0-520-21943-0.

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