Linda Lovelace remains a fascinating figure in film history. She left a strict religious family and found unheralded international fame as the star of Deep Throat, which, in 1972, was the first scripted pornographic movie to get a wide theatrical release. The film became a phenomenon and its star was much in demand, Lovelace enthusiastically revelling in the attention while becoming a rallying figure for sexual liberationists and a divisive one for the feminist movement.
It was years later that she revealed the dark reality behind her persona, and became a vocal anti-porn campaigner. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s vivid biopic presents Lovelace’s story with sincerity and affection, impressively recreating its era while addressing some of the moral complexities of the porn world.
Amanda Seyfried’s daring performance brilliantly channels the real Lovelace’s unique appeal, and an outstanding supporting cast includes Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone and James Franco. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)