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Notorious Bettie Page, The (DVD)

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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Special Features

Audio Commentary: Audio commentary with Grechen Mol, writer/director Mary Harron and writer Guinevere Turner Featurette: An inside look at the "pin-up Queen of the Universe" Other: Presenting Bettie Page: a provocative performance, starring Bettie Page herselfAudio Commentary: Audio commentary with Grechen Mol, writer/director Mary Harron and writer Guinevere Turner Featurette: An inside look at the "pin-up Queen of the Universe" Other: Presenting Bettie Page: a provocative performance, starring Bettie Page herselfAudio Commentary: Audio commentary with Grechen Mol, writer/director Mary Harron and writer Guinevere Turner Featurette: An inside look at the "pin-up Queen of the Universe" Other: Presenting Bettie Page: a provocative performance, starring Bettie Page herselfAudio Commentary: Audio commentary with Grechen Mol, writer/director Mary Harron and writer Guinevere Turner Featurette: An inside look at the "pin-up Queen of the Universe" Other: Presenting Bettie Page: a provocative performance, starring Bettie Page herself

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GB5M42
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,772 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Notorious Bettie Page" on IMDb

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Mary Harron, one of a slew of concerned filmmakers to appear in Kirby Dick's recent indictment of the MPAA This Film is Not Yet Rated, writes and directs her third picture. The Notorious Bettie Page is about the cult icon and pinup and bondage model that influenced pornography's entry into the cultural mainstream. Bettie Page unwittingly became kind of symbol of women's liberation long after she rediscovered Christianity. She slipped into the mainstream in variable flashes in comic books, music, television, and of course a new generation of inspired Goth burlesque models. This film is her biopic and unlike many biopics the melodrama is downplayed which is of course good for both the subject matter as well as the length of the picture (just 90 minutes). It comes off as a bit more honest and real then some other biopics but on the other hand it sacrifices being as entertaining for these same reasons. Strange considering the rumors of her violent life after she left modeling.

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.
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I saw this film after viewing the trailer and my expectations were high.I hoped the film was going to be as good. I was not disappointed. Everything about this film to me was excellent....The performances, especially Gretchen Mol. The direction and writing and the photography, black and white and color.I dont remember seeing grainy...and not least the extras. All interesting with a commentary track that was enlightening from both a technical and personal viewpoint. And that short item with the real Bettie.... how revealing of the nature of her appeal. I regard this film as the most enjoyable modern film that I have seen in recent years on any level. It also has that elusive element....repeatability.Thanks for reading.....
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In our silicon enhanced, post heroin chic pornographic society it's hard to imagine a world where pictures as tame as those shown in "The Notorious Bettie Page" would cause a scandal. They did however and this movie biography of pin-up and S&M model Bettie Page serves as a reminder of the conservative world where nude photos of natives in National Geographic were OK but not nude pictures of a white woman. Sending such pictures through the mail was a crime and it was a far different world. "Paige" captures the feeling of this world well with its black and white grainy photography but it's all surface and the film is saved by a stunning performance by Gretchen Mol as Page. She so completely invests herself in the role that when watching real footage of Page that is included as a DVD extra I felt as if it could have been Mol if not for the slight differences in the way the two looked.

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.
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Whether you love pinups, classic bondage or First Amendment freedom, there are many reasons for you to see "The Notorious Bettie Page".

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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