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Abdellatif Kechiche’s Gets Behind the Green Door with Marilyn “The Ivory Girl” Chambers

Following in the wave of auteur French filmmakers (Bonello, Dumont) gravitating towards the nontraditional biopic projects, it appears that Abdellatif Kechiche was at the development stages (handing up to five different drafts) with Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval on the person dubbed as the Ivory Girl, but apparently he might have cooled off to his own idea after the media storm that has brewed since attaining a celebrity status of his own with the Palme d’Or win and U.S media tour falling out for Blue is the Warmest Color. Kechiche thinks that this would make for a magnificent historical look at modern America and how both men and women in the industry ultimately changed society’s mentality.” One thing is for sure, the lead would not go to Léa Seydoux.

Gist: The 70’s set story traces the story of Marilyn Chambers, the wannabe actress who “mistakenly” got cast in Behind the Green Door and then posed for Ivory Soap, thus scandalizing the advertising industry and Procter & Gamble in the process.

Worth Noting: Chambers was also known as the “99 and 44/100% pure”.

Do We Care?: In our books, the filmmaker has struck gold twice (the other being The Secret of the Grain) and can do no wrong even if he charts into the tired porn heyday of the Boogie Nights/Lovelace kind.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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