Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)

In 1955, Bettie Page waits to testify before a Senate subcommittee investigating the effects of pornographic material on American adolescents and juveniles. In flashbacks, we see her childhood in Tennessee, a brief marriage, a gang rape, and her going to New York City in 1949. There she takes acting lessons, models for photos, and acts in short films for adults, earning the nickname, "The Pin-Up Queen of the Universe." We see her relationship with merchants Irving and Paula Klaw, photographers John Willie and Bunny Yeager, boyfriends, and the public. Through it all, she is wholesome, sporting, and forthright - Eve before the fall.

Director: Mary Harron
Writers: Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner
Stars: Gretchen Mol, Lili Taylor and Chris Bauer
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