Lovelace

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In 1972—long before the Internet porn explosion of today—Deep Throat became a cultural phenomenon. As the first pornographic feature film to be embraced by mainstream audiences, Deep Throat took a multitude of risks: it boasted a plot, humor, and an unknown and unlikely star named Linda Lovelace. Lovelace, from Academy Award-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman (The Times of Harvey Milk, Howl), tells the story behind the phenomenon. Fleeing her strict religious family, Linda Boreman falls for charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor, who launches her pornography career. Reborn as “Linda Lovelace,” the charming girl next door skyrockets to international fame with her uncanny capacity for fellatio. Fully inhabiting this new identity, Linda becomes a spokesperson for sexual freedom and hedonism. But six years later, she revealed a far more sinister narrative—the dark secrets of her own life story. Moving, provocative and ultimately heartbreaking, Lovelace sizzles with honest, daring performances by Amanda Seyfried as Linda and Peter Sarsgaard as her malevolent mentor, Chuck. Also featuring a gallery of stellar supporting turns by James Franco, Sharon Stone, Eric Roberts, Juno Temple, Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale and more. (Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, 2013, USA, 92 mins., Rated R, TWC-Radius) Digital