Lovelace And The Look Of Love

Two of the films being unveiled at Sundance this week, so to speak, tell stories from the history of 20th Century pornography.

There’s Lovelace, with Amanda Seyfried as Deep Throat star Linda. It was directed by Howl‘s Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, which makes me wonder how small scale and non-cinematic it might be. This first clip, as aired by ET, doesn’t really convince me we’re in for anything less nailed-down than Howl was.

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And yes, that was in the wrong aspect ratio but, due to the ET badge looking square, I’d say the problem was at broadcast, not when YouTube got involved.

I’m sure Michael Winterbottom‘s Look of Love will include more than enough cinematic tricks to make up for anything Lovelace might be missing.

The film is a biopic of Paul Raymond, a british porn and strip club empresario. As you’ll see from the clip at Deadline, it reunites Winterbottom and Steve Coogan after The Trip, A Cock and Bull Story and the seemingly quite similar 24 Hour Party People.

I would embed the Look of Love clip if I could, but I can’t. I think it does a pretty good job of recreating a World in Action type show, though the one handheld shot that tracks from the girls to Coogan sitting down is obviously contemporary.

Incidentally, Look of Love is on the program for this year’s Glasgow film festival and will then open across the UK on March 8th.

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