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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 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 »


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CAD 400,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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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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6 July 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

I caught this documentary at a small art house cinema back in 1981. There was no rating but you had to be over 18 to be admitted. I have never forgotten it.

It's about pornography and how it degrades women. They specifically target porno films where women are tied up and used. To make their point they do have to show clips from these films--and they're just revolting. I have nothing against porn--but not when it's violent and people are being tied up or forced.

They also talk to people who run porno shops and women who perform sex acts live. The most interesting interview I remember was when they talked to a wife and husband who preformed live sex acts to each other on stage (she's white, he's black). She actually defends what she's doing quite well and had me believing her! Just fascinating with hardcore sex--but it IS necessary for the integrity of the film. It's also horrifying that some people enjoy this sort of "entertainment". Hard to find--it deserves wide distribution. A 10.

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