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Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography (1981)

Documentary about the pornography industry and the apparent violent anti-woman slant much of it takes.


Bonnie Sherr Klein
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Lee Tracey Linda Lee Tracey ... Herself, Stripper 'Fonda Peters'
Bonnie Sherr Klein Bonnie Sherr Klein ... Herself (as Bonnie Klein)
Suze Randall Suze Randall ... Herself, Photographer
Kate Millett Kate Millett ... Herself, Writter / Artist
David S. Wells David S. Wells ... Himself, Editor / Publisher
Marc Stevens Marc Stevens ... Himself, Porn Actor
Ron Martin Ron Martin ... Himself - Producer
Richard Snowdon Richard Snowdon ... Himself, Member of Men Against Male Violence
Patrice Lucas Patrice Lucas ... Herself, Sex Show Performer
Rick Lucas Rick Lucas ... Himself, Sex Show Performer
Robin Morgan ... Herself, Poet / Writer
Kenneth Pitchford Kenneth Pitchford ... Himself
Susan Griffin Susan Griffin ... Herself, Author of 'Pornography and Silence'
Edward Donnerstein Edward Donnerstein ... Himself, Research Psychologist (as Dr. Ed Donnerstein)
Kathleen Barry Kathleen Barry ... Herself, Poet / Writer


This documentary is an examination of the pornography industry such as in strip shows, sex shows, film and magazines. Furthermore, the film explores how a large portion of it takes a denigrating view of women, leading up to depictions of sexual violence for titillation. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Release Date:

11 June 1982 (USA) See more »

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Not a Love Story: A Motion Picture About Pornography See more »


Box Office


CAD 400,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Linda Lee Tracey felt she was portrayed inaccurately in the film. She viewed her work as a stripper as a positive, liberating pursuit. Her anger inspired her to begin her own career as a documentary producer and reporter. See more »


[first lines]
Susan Griffin: "Hustler" magazine, which is a pornographic magazine, had a Valentine's Day issue in February. There's a glossy red cover, and there's a woman on the cover and she's wearing chains. She's semi-nude of course, she wearing chains and one of those collars around her neck, and she has glasses in the shapes of hearts. Pornography reveals itself, its real purpose, you know, there you have the heart imprisoned, the heart on its knees, you know, and if necessary the heart rendered silent.
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Alternate Versions

In the explicit nude photoshoot of Linda Lee Tracey, the video release has her crotch area fuzzed out. See more »


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Accurate portrayal of the 'sex' industry
16 October 2008 | by joy_helbinSee all my reviews

I saw "Not A Love Story: A Film About Pornography" at the Renoir Cinema, London two years' ago. I put the word 'sex' in inverted commas because what we see in porn films, whether hard-core or soft-core is ACTING. It is not real BUT it purports to show real, 'hot' sex. By interviewing people who actually work in the industry, in magazines and on film, and in live shows and peep-shows, both as producers and performers, this documentary shows a behind-the-scenes look at what really goes on. Watch the film to see for yourself; I'll just give one example here of an interview which stuck in my mind. The top porn actor Marc Stevens appears as himself and related the following anecdote. After a great date, he and a woman went home together the same night and had sex. Afterwards, she was angry that he didn't perform for her again immediately. To be friendly, he said if she gave him some time to recover he would try again. She was outraged - she'd seen him do it FIVE TIMES IN A ROW on-screen. Stevens said, "but it took me five DAYS to make that film!!" Unfortunately, Stevens wasn't joking when he told us that. People are fooled into thinking that the acting and gloss and smiles and enthusiasm are real. They watch the films and expect their partner to perform like that; they see the magazines and expect their partner to look like that. Conversely, OTHER people say the porn industry is all FANTASY and that NONE of it is real. Unfortunately, although the gloss isn't real, the misery behind it is. Real human beings, not fantasies, perform in those films. 10 out of 10 to Not A Love Story for reminding us of that.

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