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Lovelace Screening

Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman - Screening of Cinema Society and MCM Gray Goose host Radius TWC's 'Lovelace' at the Museum of Modern Art - New York City, NY, United States - Sunday 4th August 2013

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Several of the 'Lovelace' cast members were snapped by paparazzi arriving outside the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the screening of the movie. Among them were 'Basic Instinct' actress Sharon Stone, 'The Good Wife' star Chris Noth with his wife Tara Wilson and 'Green Lantern' actor Peter Sarsgaard.

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'Lovelace' screening

Ralph Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman - The Cinema Society and MCM with Grey Goose screening of Radius TWC's 'Lovelace' at Museum of Modern Art - Outside Arrivals - New York, United States - Tuesday 30th July 2013

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Lovelace Trailer


Linda Lovelace was a hugely successful pornographic actress who hit global stardom with her 1972 hardcore film 'Deep Throat'. Although apparently happy, feisty and at ease on the surface, she suffered severe abuse and violence at the hands of her husband and manager Chuck Traynor who forced her into the sex industry at gunpoint; a stark contrast to her previous life, being well-known by her friends for keeping all her previous boyfriends at a good distance. While she apparently seemed to enjoy the highlife of national and international stardom, she made attempts to quit pornography to the anger of Traynor, who did everything he could to frighten her into submission. A vulnerable woman who spent her life being used, and who would go on to be a key figure in later anti-pornography movements.

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Amanda Seyfried Goes Deep For Her Role As Linda Lovelace In Porn Star Biopic [Trailer]


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Amanda Seyfried will play Linda Boreman AKA porn star Linda Loveless who shot to porn fame and notoriety after she starred in the hugely successful 1972 movie Deep Throat. Directed by Howl's Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the biopic follows Lovelace's life between the age of 20 and 32, escaping from a strict religious family in a small town to her abusive and self-titled manager, Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard).

Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried Will Play Linda Loveless In Challenging New Role.

According to Slash Film, the film will reveal Lovelace's "tough, complicated life" as although she was widely an icon of sexual freedom, her husband's abuse and sale into prostitution transformed the once "charming girl-next-door with an impressive capacity for fellatio" into a fierce antiporn activist, writing books on the evils of the porn industry as she told her true story to the world. Written by Trust's (2010) Andy Bellin, The Guardian praises the "handsomely mounted period piece" and admires the range of leads Seyfried and Sarsgaard, whilst HitFix reckons the film plays too safe and "doesn't go deep enough" for their liking in a "bland biopic." 

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Howl Review


Extraordinary
Oscar-winning documentarians Epstein and Friedman turn their skills to a narrative feature. Sort of. This is essentially a movie based on a poem, but it also tells a remarkable life story and grapples with hugely important issues.

Published in 1956, Allen Ginsberg's poem Howl launched the Beat Generation with its mix of soulful yearning and rage at injustice. When the publisher (Rogers) faces charges that the poem is obscene, Ginsberg (Franco) refuses to attend the trial in San Francisco. And after hearing the lawyers (Strathairn and Hamm) and witnesses (Parker, Daniels, Nivola and Williams), the judge (Balaban) rules in favour of both artistic expression and freedom of the press.

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GLAAD Media Awards held at The Marriott Hotel

Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman - Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman San Francisco, USA - GLAAD Media Awards held at The Marriott Hotel Saturday 10th May 2008

Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

Paragraph 175 Review


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There have been hundreds of Holocaust documentaries in our time, and Paragraph 175 is certainly one of them. The new angle here is that, for what may be the first time, homosexual survivors of the Holocaust atrocities have come forward--some hesitantly--to tell their stories. The problem, shameful as it is to admit, is that the flood of Holocaust documentaries that came before have stripped this film of its potential fire and intensity. From beginning to end, I caught myself thinking, "Yes, these are horrible stories. Now tell me something new." And that something never came.

The film gets its title from Paragraph 175 of the German Penal Code of 1871, which states, "An unnatural sex act committed between persons of male sex or by humans with animals is punishable by imprisonment; the loss of civil rights may also be imposed." According to the film, this law was later modified by the Nazi party to include a broader definition of homosexuality and, of course, the loss of civil rights was uniformly imposed. It was finally abolished in 1969.

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