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Why the New Movie About ‘Deep Throat’ Could Be Important

From The Atlantic:

The movie posters for Lovelace are out. Actress Amanda Seyfried poses in a lacy red bra, seducing the audience with bedroom eyes. She plays the lead in the forthcoming biopic chronicling the life and times of Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace, premiering at Sundance in a few weeks. The saga of the small town girl who partied with Hugh Hefner and Sammy Davis Jr. in the freewheeling 1970s just might be the hottest ticket in Park City. Sex, drugs, fame. Pass the popcorn. I’m in.

But beyond the entertainment factor, the film has the potential to kickstart some serious conversations about sexual consent, possibly becoming this generation’s The Accused. And in the wake of The Central Park Five, Ken Burns’s nuanced documentary about the wrongful convictions of five defendants in the infamous 1989 Trisha Meili case, the moment is ripe for films that analyze sexual assault. Ideally, directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will deliver a multi-layered treatment that honors Linda’s story while using it to build a bridge to the bigger issue of women’s continued vulnerability to rape. Of course, this is no simple task.

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