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Lovelace

9 Aug

‘Lovelace’: In sleaze-light biopic, Seyfried does better by porn star than directors

By Tom Meek
August 7, 2013

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I remember back in college (and no, I was not in college when “Deep Throat” was released in 1972) my dorm neighbor had a poster on his door of an old man with a shit-eating grin on his face and a T-shirt saying “I choked Linda Lovelace to death.” At the time, I found the image devilish and perverse; now I find the notion sad and somewhat misogynistic – sentiments reinforced by the biopic “Lovelace,” which details the infamous porn star’s story from the POV of her controversial 1980 memoir, “Ordeal.”

080713i LovelaceFor those not in the know, Linda Lovelace (born Linda Boreman) was the first adult performer to become a household name and regular punchline for Johnny Carson and other late-night talk show hosts as the free-love ’60s melted into the commercialism of the ’70s. Part of that was because she was simply the star of one of the first adult films with high-quality production values and (ahem) a plot – one in which Lovelace’s ingénue can’t find her clitoris because it’s in the back of her throat. The film caught fire (it would make $600 million, and all Lovelace got was $1,250). Hugh Hefner (played with avuncular smarm by James Franco) was a fan, Lovelace got the red carpet treatment and some even embraced the film as an anthem of female sexual liberation. But behind closed doors was a different story – one of abuse at the hands of Lovelace’s husband, Chuck Traynor.  Continue reading