Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Movies: Lovelace

(Drivebycuriosity) - The 1960s and 1970s are classified as the era of the sexual revolution. The biopic "Lovelace" shows an episode of this time (imdb). The movie focuses on around 3 years of the life of Linda Lovelace and the making of the hard core porn flick "Deep Throat" (1972) that transformed her into the world`s most famous porn star and into an icon of the sexual revolution.

The story is shown in 2 versions. First the audience sees a sugar coated tale about an adventurous and generous girl who - with the guidance of her husband - uses her sexual talents for a steep movie career. Then Linda´s real story follows, based on her autobiography. Now the audience experiences how a naive young girl gets coerced into pornography and prostitution by an abusive and violent husband.

The sex scenes are decent and in a comedic style to make the film acceptable for a broad audience. According to Wikipedia, Linda and her movie lover used a popsicle to simulate one of the scenes that made "Deep Throat" and Linda so famous (wikipedia). But the film also has dramatic parts thanks to the malevolent and ruthless husband.

Amanda Seyfried in the leading role shows Linda`s evolution from a cheery girl into a woman embossed by her harmful experiences. Movie husband Peter Sarsgaard as a charming monster is the congenial partner. The rest of the fine cast, including Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Juno Temple, James Franco and Chloƫ Sevigny, convinces too.

"Lovelace" is a well-made study about an abused woman and delivers a perfect mixture of entertainment, provocation and thoughtful reflection.

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