‘Therese and Isabelle’ (1968): The Unpublished (and Color) Photos

‘Therese and Isabelle’ (1968): The Unpublished (and Color) Photos

When Radley Metzger made Therese and Isabelle (1968), he decided to shoot it in black and white. The reason, he said, was to deliberately align it more closely to classic cinematic love stories of yesteryear rather than the often gaudy sexploitation movies that were de rigueur in the late 1960s.

However Radley also hired an onset photographer for ‘Therese and Isabelle’ who took hundreds of pictures of the production showing Radley and the cast and crew at work – and many of these were in color. The Rialto Report tracked down both the black and white – and the color – photographs to gain new insights into the film’s production.

Following our recently-published interview with the movie’s star, Anna Gael, we are proud to present a selection of previously unseen and unpublished photos from the set of ‘Therese and Isabelle’ – including the first ever view of the film in color.

Therese and Isabelle

All photographs are the property of The Rialto Report and should not be reproduced without permission.

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‘Therese and Isabelle’ – Previously Unpublished On-Set Photographs

Anna GaëlAnna, avec lunettes

Radley Metzger

Anna Gaël

Anna Gaël

Radley MetzgerRadley and Essy

Anna GaëlAnna and Radley

Anna Gaël

Anna GaëlRadley, Essy, and Anna

Anna GaëlRadley coaches Essy

Anna GaëlEssy coaches Radley

Anna GaëlRadley, in the classroom scene (with Radley comments added on the photo)

Radley MetzgerRadley and Anna

Anna Gaël

Radley Metzger

Anna Gaël

Anna Gaël

Anna Gaël

Anna Gaël

Anna GaëlEssy and Anna

Anna Gaël

Anna Gaël

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‘Therese and Isabelle’ – Previously Unpublished Color Photographs

Essy Persson

Therese and Isabelle

Therese and Isabelle

Therese and Isabelle

Therese and Isabelle

Therese and Isabelle

Therese and Isabelle

Therese and Isabelle

Anna Gael

Anna Gael

Therese and Isabelle

Therese and Isabelle

Anna Gael

Therese and Isabelle

Therese and Isabelle

Therese and Isabelle

Therese and Isabelle

Essy Persson

Therese and Isabelle

Therese and Isabelle

Therese and Isabelle

Therese and Isabelle

Therese and Isabelle

Essy Persson

Radley Metzger

Therese and Isabelle

Radley Metzger

Therese and Isabelle

Therese and Isabelle

Therese and Isabelle

Essy Persson

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  • Posted On: 6th November 2022
  • By: Ashley West
  • Under: Photos

13 Comments

  1. Brad · November 6, 2022 Reply

    This website is little short of miraculous – finding, as you do, such incredible artifacts from over 50 years ago – spanning the full range of adult film.. from the birth in the 1960s to the video era of the 1980s.

    Seeing these photographs has made me want to seek out the movie again. One of Metzger’s finest moments.

  2. Jeff Holt · November 6, 2022 Reply

    These photos are incredible.

  3. Jeff Robertson · November 6, 2022 Reply

    The Rise Of Sexploitation From The 70s 80s And Early 90s 1970 To 1993 Awesome Article Keep Up Good Work April And Ashley

  4. Lee · November 6, 2022 Reply

    Rialto Report deserves a wing in the Smithsonisn.
    Thanks RR.

  5. Philip Cramer · November 6, 2022 Reply

    The photos are amazing. All of them. Especially the photo on the bicycles.

  6. Don · November 6, 2022 Reply

    Why are the black & white photos so compelling??
    Thank you for this!

    P.S. Radley is a handsome bloke!

  7. Don · November 6, 2022 Reply

    I am speechless, these are just stunning photos. What a beautiful cast that movie had, they look like images from another world and of course, that is just what they are. Thank you so much for posting them.

  8. J. Walter Puppybreath · November 11, 2022 Reply

    Just wild, RR!

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