Lovelace debuts at Sundance this week, featuring Amanda Seyfried as the first hardcore porn superstar – Deep Throat’s Linda Lovelace. Now we can get our first look a the movie with the clip above.
Linda Lovelace is a fascinating figure far beyond the titillation of being the star of one of the best known porn films in history. Initially appearing in hardcore (and even bestiality) movies, at first Lovelace seemed to revel in her status. However during her divorce from Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard) in the late 70s, she claimed that he was violent and had forced her into pornography at gunpoint (with some evidence to back her up).
She said that her marriage was plagued with beatings and rape, and that when she appeared in porn, it was basically enforced prostitution. While there have been some disagreements as to the extent Lovelace was a willing participant in her porn career, there seems little doubt that her marriage to Traynor was vicious and cruel. She then became an anti-pornography champion, speaking at public events and testifying at government hearings on pornography. However she later said she felt used by the anti-pornography movement, which got a lot mileage out of having Lovelace as a convert, but which never helped her out. She died in a car accident in 2002.
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Howl) direct.