MIFF 2013 – Lovelace (2013)



Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Hank Azaria, Chloë Sevigny, James Franco

Telling the story about the world’s most famous porn star, Amanda Seyfried stars as Linda Lovelace with Peter Sarsgaard playing the infamous Chuck Traynor. I did not know some of the story with Linda having a gun put to her head to do the movie, but did not know some of the other details.

I don’t really go to see many dramatic movies and this was one of the best ones I have seen for a while, the characters really do disappear into their characters. I did not even know Sharon Stone was in the movie playing Linda’s mother until I found out later.

Amanda Seyfried in this movie reminds me so much of someone I know, so it was hard to watch the film after it does the Jekyll and Hyde switch about half way through showing the real story behind the glamorised version that made up the first part.

The support cast is outstanding with Hank Azaria playing the director of Deep Throat in a bad wig and he is very passionate about his work. The scene where Linda does her first shoot and is too good at her job “did I do something wrong?” “NO!” everyone replies, is funny.

I cannot fault the production in 70s art direction and costumes and there a lot of uncredited cameos from contemporary media at the time from talk shows and comedy routines that attempt to explain how big a splash the movie made in popular culture.

The ending did feel a bit trite, but on the whole the movie was very good and manages to be erotic without actually showing anything. Reportedly Amanda Seyfried had a good time shooting the nude scenes and she does look lovely in it.

I was surprised to see the amount of young women in the audience at the screening, particularly ones who came in a girl gang. Having watched a film about Betty Paige where some sicko knocked the top off in a screening it was a relief.

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