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In 1972, before the internet, before the explosion of the adult film industry, Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted pornographic theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried; Les Miserables). Escaping a strict religious family, Linda discovered freedom and the high-life when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard; TVs The Killing). As Linda Lovelace she became an international sensation‚less centerfold fantasy than a charming girl-next-door with some 'impressive skills'. Fully inhabiting her new identity, Linda became an enthusiastic spokesperson for sexual freedom and uninhibited hedonism. Six years later she presented another, utterly contradictory, narrative to the world‚and herself, as the survivor of a far darker story.

Starring:
Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard
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Lovelace

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  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard
Director Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 23 December 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard
Director Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 23 December 2013
Main languages English

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
In "Lovelace", Amanda Seyfried plays the star of "Deep Throat", the most famous blue movie of all time, a wonder of its time: the first fully scripted pornographic feature film shown in the theatres and claiming to gross $600m.

Having been a poster girl for icon for an era of sexual liberation, Linda Lovelace wrote in her autobiography that she was forced into making pornography at gun point, being regularly threatened and beaten by her then husband, played by Peter Sarsgaard (and oh dear, can he play a psychopath!).

Seyfried said the project was the riskiest thing that she did and could had ruined her career. But I thought the film was excellently done, it felt like a good drama, a nail-biting thriller, and it even had Mr Big in it (ladies, you get my reference). And, for such a difficult and controversial subject, the film is surprisingly watchable, catching on the empathy and compassion of the viewer - I certainly felt for Ms Lovelace. Seyfried blossoms on screen, despite portraying a complex character.

Despite a somewhat weak ending, I still give the film 5 stars.

P.S. I almost missed Sharon Stone in there! I guess my attention was compromised as I was watching Amanda Seyfried, who gives an extraordinary performance!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
Linda Lovelace is perhaps the most recognized name in the adult entertainment industry. As an entertainer her career was short lived and boring. She happened into history and the industry at the right moment. Her sword swallowing technique has lead to many couple arguments and divorces as she has raised the bar, sort of speak. This film looks shortly at her naive youth, although she had a baby out of wedlock. It hits upon her most famous film, and glosses over how film went main stream and the problem with authorities. The film was supposed to show how she was abused by her husband (Peter Sarsgaard) but lacks being graphic in the details as if to say, "Go read the book" or "You know the story."

The nurse in the film "Deep Throat" was played by fawn looking Carol Connors who was a blond and not the hardcore looking silicon star Nicole Andrews. They could have at least tried for Carol Connors' fans. The film misses on a lot of cylinders, not knowing what direction it needed to take.

Perv Guide: F-bomb, sex, off screen rape, nudity (Amanda Seyfried)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Lister on 29 Aug 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This is a movie set in the pornography industry, mostly on the edge of cheap sets and in the downtime between shots, as well as the male-dominated smoky rooms where the fates of vulnerable young women are dictated. It uses the gloomy, raw, determinedly brown aesthetic of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Berberian Sound Studio.

Amanda Seyfried skilfully captures this vulnerability as Linda Marchiano, who drifts briefly into the world of adult movies with the arm of her pimp-husband, Chuck Traynor (an exquisitely sinister Peter Sarsgaard), locked firmly around her shoulder. Behind closed doors he's a careful physical abuser, slowly destroying his product, controlling her, but never ruining her. When Linda seeks solace in her parents (moving turns from Robert Patrick and an unrecognisable Sharon Stone), she's met with generationally anachronistic indifference: It's the socially expected thing to stick by your man.

Lovelace is at its best and most insightful in these domestic scenes, especially those with her chilling mother, who's as bleary-eyed and scary as the kitchen ghost in M. Night Shyamalan's Sixth Sense. It's here, far from grubby porn sets, that the emotional core of the film is found, in all its savagery and tenderness. By contrast, the coke-fuelled parties and cigar-chomping business meetings seem flat, and bordering on stereotype, however well-observed their 70s production design.

The film sidesteps the A to B to C chronology malaise of many a biopic by returning to the start of the story halfway through, and replaying it from Linda's perspective. Suddenly, the sound of aggressive lovemaking is revealed to be a horrendous violent assault. We are in grey territory now, in the borderland between passion as romantic agony and passion as suffering.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nichola Thorpe on 28 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
Lovelace is a brutal, unflinching portrait of the 70's porn world. It's certainly not an easy watch; nor is it a film to be particularly enjoyed per se. What is it? Riveting. Hard-hitting. And wonderful.

Amanda Seyfried really is a revelation; I don't know how to put it better. Every emotion is believable, and she makes you love her character. She's a truly wonderful, versatile actress who I have enjoyed watching across genres, and I am happy to say that she has pulled off a tricky performance as the infamous porn star as easily as she would any rom-com lead. She shines particularly towards the end of the film, when she is playing the broken woman at the end of a horrifically abusive marriage. As for Sarsgaard, he deserves an Oscar nomination for his performance as Traynor. Despite the film mainly casting him as a pantomime villain, he adds depth to the character and rounds him out a little. Even though it's clear his character is a 'baddie', he's human and never two dimensional.

The scenes with Linda's parents were possibly the most compelling parts of the film. Her mother's cold demeanour towards her, and her 'stand by your man' attitude that we as an audience find so repellent, are all too realistic, and make Linda's emotional decline all the more heartbreaking. For me, the scene in which her father tells her that he has watched her movie and had to walk out of the theatre was one of the saddest in any movie I've scene, and I was choking back tears during Robert Patrick's subtle but beautiful performance.

I also enjoyed the narrative technique; we see the same events twice in the film.
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