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In an incandescent performance, Gretchen Mol (The Shape of Things) stars as Bettie Page, who grew up in a conservative religious family in Tennessee and became a photo model sensation in 1950s New York. Bettie's legendary pin-up photos made her the target of a Senate investigation into pornography, and transformed her into an erotic icon who continues to enthrall fans to this day. Complemented by an ensemble cast of acclaimed actors, such as David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) and Lili Taylor (High Fidelity), the film brings to vivid life Bettie?s fascinating world.]]>
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Bettie Page is played by Gretchen Mol and the rest of the cast is good but they are truly drowned out by a boring script, and of course Gretchen herself. Mol's performance is anything but boring and shows a deep understanding of what makes Page a worthy icon. Mol seemingly disappeared for years and then suddenly showed up and did this. I don't want to dwell on how daring she is for the nudity she does in this movie, because even without that kind of commitment and risk Mol deserves the highest praise possible. She was outstanding and was arguably snubbed of some awards.
Mol is the only great thing about this movie. Page was naive to her situation and just happens to not be shy about showing off her body.Read more ›
Mary Harron's film follows Page from childhood where she was already practicing to be a model by pretending to pose for pictures by the boys to the end of her career. Always a religious person Page viewed her modeling career as little more than giving enjoyment to others. She felt that God gave gifts to everyone to use as best they could and that hers was to model and act. Shot in black and white except for some splashes of color during sequences where Page is on vacation in Florida, "The Notorious Bettie Page" has a number of strong performances including a nice turn by Lili Taylor as one of the photographers who launched Page's career in S&M films and stills.Read more ›
The movie features Gretchen Mol. And while she she barely fits the original's 36-24-35 figure, she perfectly plays the Nashville native's open minded innocence, charm and fun loving nature. Whatever you might already know about Bettie Page, I can guarantee that you will learn something new about this classic pinup girl.
For example, did you know that this sweet n' simple girl missed being class Valedictorian by only an A-...or that she was at the zenith of her modeling career at the age of 35?
This story is a real life "Perils of Pauline" flick, introducing us to good and evil characters as well as Bettie herself. Many of you are sure to enjoy the depiction of classic Irving Claw pictures, which seem tame today but were provocative and scandalous in their time. Our heroine was right in the middle of this turbulent change in adult pornography.
"The Notorious Bettie Page" is a tale of youthful optimism, censorship, faith, and the search for happiness. In the end, Bettie is able to reconcile her career as a porn star with her religious guilt and spiritual beliefs.
If you are a Bettie Page fan, this movie is a must see. I also recommend her official website, which provides her renumeration for her images that she sorely deserves.
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I can compare myself to her a little and Marilyn and Friday in onePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Bettie Page came from Nashville with a very conservative background as a devout Christian. In 1949, she moved to New York City to become an actress. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Donald H.
One Of Ms. Mol's / Taylor's... efforts at the Box Office!!..Very Entertaining!..cr/lasvegasnv//Published 5 months ago by CHARLES RECKLING
For the little I knew about Bettie Page beforehand, I figured she had been a sexy slut out to capitalize on taboo eroticism long before Madonna and porn stars. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Johnny Rocker
I recall seeing Page in some of my uncle's 'mens' magazines when I was growing up in the 1950s, so when I came across this film my interest was piqued. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mike Tarrani
Gretchen Mol did a great job. Well done overall. Boyfriend and I both likedPublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Closely follows the "career" of Bettie Page and the actors were well cast and believable. Recommended for adult audiences.Published 12 months ago by Falcon2