The Look of Love

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Actor Steve Coogan and director Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, The Trip) continue their fruitful partnership with this epic portrait of the rise and fall of British nudie theater impresario Paul Raymond. The symbol of Soho, the center of sex and sophistication from the swinging 60s to the 80s, Raymond almost single-handedly rewrote the cultural history of the UK with an empire of topless theaters and softcore magazines that would eventually make him the richest man in the country. In the process of amassing his fortune, Raymond, who quickly realized that sex sells and sells well, had a string of lovers, a taste for the high life and an incurable appetite for destruction. Although often wryly funny, Coogan gives a touching dramatic performance that brilliantly explores the champagne-soaked highs and the heartbreaking lows of a voyeuristic visionary. (Dir. by Michael Winterbottom, 2013, UK, 101 mins., Not Rated, IFC Films) Digital