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Barbara Broadcast (1977)

In a restaurant in New York, the menu is unusual, with some sauces prepared by waiters on the spot. In this scenery, at another table, a reporter interviews a famous prostitute.

Director:

Radley Metzger (as Henry Paris)

Writer:

Radley Metzger (screenplay) (as Jake Barnes)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Annette Haven ... Barbara Broadcast
C.J. Laing C.J. Laing ... Roberta
Constance Money Constance Money ... The Slave
Susan McBain Susan McBain ... Girl with Barbara's Waiter (as Suzanne McBain)
Jamie Gillis ... Curley (as Jaimie Gillis)
Shirley Peters Shirley Peters ... Joyce
Alan Marlow Alan Marlow ... Joyce's Client (as Alan Marlowe)
Sharon Mitchell ... Waitress with Harvey
Clea Carson Clea Carson ... Waitress with Bearded Patron (as Loren Michaels)
Cami Graham Cami Graham ... Florence Dorothy (as Camilla Farrell)
Bobby Astyr Bobby Astyr ... Maitre d'
Helen Wolf Helen Wolf
Barbara Woodward Barbara Woodward
Sybil Kingmaner Sybil Kingmaner
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Storyline

In a restaurant in New York, the menu is unusual, with some sauces prepared by waiters on the spot. In this scenery, at another table, a reporter interviews a famous prostitute.

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Adult | Comedy | Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1977 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Baby Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Deal, New Jersey, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Crescent Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Annette Haven was flown in from California to act in this film. See more »

Quotes

Blond Waitress in Kitchen: Would you a like a drink?
Girl with Barbara's Waiter: No alcohol, but a Shirley Temple.
Blond Waitress in Kitchen: Surely.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the year in Roman numerals is off by ten years: MCMLXVII is 1967, not 1977. See more »

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The Italian edition by Nocturno is the complete uncut version See more »

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Edited into Only the Very Best on Film (1993) See more »

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A world robbed of sexual taboos
15 July 2015 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

Set in a dystopian New York, Barbara Broadcast takes place entirely in a restaurant with an usual menu, sex, fellatios, cunnilingus, and most kinds of fetishes. Waiters and waitresses stop by tables quite frequently to satisfy their customers or find somebody who can in due time, and quick-witted questions like, "Barbara, is your business still open for pleasure?" and "It's past my head-time" are exchanged amongst waitresses and customers.

Director Radley Metzger, who gave us the decorative and elaborate pornographic film The Opening of Misty Beethoven, gives us Barbara Broadcast in the same sort of light and position as his other films. For one, this film is captured in a surrealist state of mind, in a world where casual sex, most specifically public sex, isn't a taboo or something to bat an eye at. Metzger keenly imagines a world robbed of the societal taboos and double takes people do upon seeing public displays of affection, much less sex. Secondly, he conducts everything in a very beautiful, almost picturesque manner, with soft lighting not over-embellishing the light colors on-screen and very mood-sensitive music to compliment the decadent setting.

Our titular character is played by Annette Haven, and is being interviewed by a local women determined to get to the bottom of Barbara's seasoned history as a server of her valued customers. Right in the middle of her interview, Barbara stops to give a young customer a blowjob and, immediately after asking is he could finish in her mouth, she stops her performance to say that he is not old enough. "How old do I have to be to cum in a woman's mouth," the young customer asks Barbara. "Old enough not to ask," she states before batting her eyes and devoting her undivided attention back to her interview.

Metzger, who serves as the film's writer and director, joyfully plays with the film's tone here and doesn't skimp on the eroticism. While a plethora of sex scenes have that occasionally jarring series of closeups on the actions, but Metzger is always one to make his sex, whatever the position or the situation, classy in a way that a great deal of early pornography could struggle with. Consider the sex scenes of Mona the Virgin Nymph, a film I proclaimed limp and remarkably forgettable had it not been the first pornographic film to obtain a wide, theatrical release in theaters. That film beared so many washed out sex scenes ruined by angles and cloying music.

Barbara Broadcast has a much more elegant presentation, with sex scenes that emphasize eroticism, music that is actually immersive to what's occurring on screen, and a plot that's somewhat interesting based on the simultaneous inanity and the destruction of sexual taboos. With this and The Opening of Misty Beethoven, Metzger has firmly shown his true colors for pornographic filmmaking and they are colors that shine brighter than a great deal of his contemporaries.

Starring: Annette Haven. Directed by: Radley Metzger.


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