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interview with the movie’s star, Anna Gael, we are proud to present a selection of previously unseen and unpublished photos from the set of ‘Therese and Isabelle’ – including the first ever view of the film in color.
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‘Therese and Isabelle’ – Previously Unpublished On-Set Photographs
Radley, in the classroom scene (with Radley comments added on the photo)
‘Therese and Isabelle’ – Previously Unpublished Color Photographs
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.
Thanks so much Brad!
These photos are incredible.
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Rialto Report deserves a wing in the Smithsonisn.
We appreciate that Lee!
The photos are amazing. All of them. Especially the photo on the bicycles.
Why are the black & white photos so compelling??
Thank you for this!
P.S. Radley is a handsome bloke!
You’re welcome and he is!
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.
So pleased you enjoyed them Don!
Just wild, RR!
For what it’s worth…the last sketch in this episode, I’m pretty sure it’s a parody of “Therese and Isabelle” that SCTV is doing.