A sensationalist biopic of Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace, starring Amanda Seyfriend and Sharon Stone
‘Can we start with an easier question?’ asks our subject, when compelled to confirm that her name is Linda Lovelace. Linda Boreman became Linda Traynor when, in her early twenties, she wed shady strip club proprietor Chuck Traynor. She adopted her most famous identity when she began appearing in porn films, including Deep Throat, a hardcore flick with a mainstream-friendly comedy narrative which would become the most famous porn film of all time. After leaving both Traynor and the sex industry, she told her grim version of the Deep Throat story in a book entitled Ordeal.
This long-gestating biopic covers all bases by starting with a groovy, Boogie Nights-style take on the Lovelace story before switching perspective to show Linda in a state of relentless degradation at Chuck’s hands. It’s a somewhat simplistic dichotomy but Amanda Seyfried does a good job managing the contradictions of her character, and her co-stars Sharon Stone and Peter Sarsgaard keep the pace. It’s just that taking a sensational swoop from one extreme to another is an approach that doesn’t tell us much about a very complicated case of coercion and collusion, pleasure and profit, sex and politics.
General release from Fri 23 Aug.