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    During the "porn chic" period of the 1970s, it was thought porn films might one day become as mainstream as any other genre of film. One of the porn films that caught the public's attention was 'Deep Throat,' starring Linda Lovelace (the pseudonym of Linda Susan Boreman). It centers on a woman who learns that her clitoris isn't where it's supposed to be, but inside her throat. She can only achieve orgasm by performing the act named in the film's title.

    Below is the trailer for 'Lovelace,' starring Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard, which is a biopic that looks specifically at Boreman's life from the events surrounding 'Deep Throat' to its aftermath. From what's shown in the trailer, the film seems like 'Boogie Nights' crossed with elements of 'Star 80.'

    The events surrounding this film, and its legacy are really interesting. But I can't say anything more without it being a spoiler for this movie. So if you don't want to be spoiled, don't read any further.

    'Deep Throat' made a huge profit for its investors (who may or may not have been the Colombo crime family). In the mid-70s, actor Harry Reems was prosecuted by the federal government (under the Nixon administration) on obscenity charges - a first - although later overturned, and the film was championed by Hollywood and other intellectuals for its liberated defense of First Amendment rights. The after-effects of the Reems prosecution still exist in some ways. The prosecution was brought in Memphis, Tennessee on charges of conspiracy to distribute obscenity across state lines. To this day, many of the online porn distributors will not ship products to Memphis or any of the surrounding zip codes.

    The notoriety of this & other porn films led to something of an alliance between cultural conservatives & some feminists who led a backlash against the genre as immoral & misogynistic. During the 80s, Boreman would testify before the Meese Commission denouncing the film.

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