Lovelace

I woke up early and packed up to go to the bus stop. Liz’s boyfriend drove me there to catch the 7:27am bus. When I arrived, the bus monitor said that the bus left ten minutes prior. Since there are only 3 buses that run every morning, they are not supposed to leave early from a stop even if they are early coming to it. I called the bus company to make sure. She tracked the bus and indeed it was running early and there was nothing she could do for me. It was the last bus until 4:45pm. Frustrated, I went to Festival HQ and I was directed to transportation to solve the problem. Since I needed to get to SLC for my shift, they arranged for me to tag along on an airport drop-off and I’d be dropped off afterward. I didn’t need to be back until noon. I HAD TIME TO CATCH LOVELACE BEFORE GOING TO SLC! I rushed over to the Eccles theater, but they were out of volunteer tickets. An hour and a half late to pick up the waitlist numbers, I took one anyway. Number 89. I wasn’t feeling hopeful, but I got in line anyway. FINALLY SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENED! I made it into the film. I took my seat and was so excited to watch this film starring Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, James Franco, and Sharon Stone. The film was directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffery Friedman. “Deep Throat, the first pornographic feature film to be a mainstream success, was an international sensation in 1972 and made its star, Linda Lovelace, a media darling. Years later the ‘poster girl for the sexual revolution’ revealed a darker side to her story.” The film was essentially two parts. The first part is her wonderful life of fame, prior to making the film, during production, and its success afterward. The second part of the film is exactly the same as the first, replaying some of the same scenes, but from her point of view. In the second part, we see Chuck Traynor (her husband) beating her, raping her, threatening to kill her, and exploiting her. The film ends when she comes out for the first time to the public with her book Ordeal. The film ended by feeding us recent information that was left out of the film. For example, Deep Throat has grossed over $600 million dollars, yet Linda Lovelace was only paid $1,250. There was something about the film that I can’t decide is a good or bad thing. The film went by so fast, which is obviously a good thing. However, at the end of the film, I felt myself wanting more. I wanted the film to keep going, showing us more about her life post-porn. I don’t know if that’s a bad thing because I wanted to see more of this story, or if it’s a good thing because it has sparked my curiosity. Either way, the only actors that showed for the Q&A were Amanda and Peter, but I’m not complaining.

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After the film was over, I picked up a snack and met with my driver to take me back to Salt Lake. Once I was back in the city, I took a nap, ate some dinner, and then headed over to the library for my shift. It was volunteer appreciation day, so we had some extra snacks and pizza for dinner. The two films we were showing were MANHUNT and C.O.G. Both were full, but we actually had so many passholders for the second film that we had to turn down ticket holders and give them vouchers to exchange for another film. The Library theater is small, with 300 seats, but this is the first time it’s happened. Once my shift ended, I walked back to my hostel. Unfortunately, I found someone sharing my room with me when I got back. I’m no longer alone 😦

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