Bettie Page Reveals All

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Released 2013

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Director:
Mark Mori
Released:
2013
Rating:
R
BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL is a provocative and intimate look at one of the world's most legendary sex symbols, told in her own words. In this alluring documentary, the real Bettie Page emerges from the veil of myth and speculation for the first time, through stunning, never-before-seen photographs and archive footage, and exclusive audio interviews recorded prior to her death in 2008. With her engaging Southern drawl and razor-sharp wit, Bettie tells her life story -- from humble beginnings as one of six children of an impoverished Tennessee family, to scandalous 50s pin-up model, and to her shocking retirement in 1957 at the peak of her modeling career. Sharing rare details about her short-lived first marriage and many torrid affairs, Bettie offers a keen insider's glimpse into her role as catalyst to the sexual revolution, emergence as a born-again Christian, struggles with mental illness, and ultimately her return to the public eye in the early 90's, unaware of her status as a cult figure. Ranked by Forbes as one of the top ten posthumous celebrity earners, Bettie's provocative poses and unabashed sexual expression have inspired a new generation of adoring fans around the world, including superstars like Beyonce and Katy Perry, and nearly single-handedly ushered in the modern era of fashion. BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL paints an indelible portrait of Bettie's enudring legacy, reaching beyond her irresistible sex appeal and fashion icon status to reveal an empowering cultural icon.moreless

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  • 70

    Village Voice Stephanie Zacharek

    Mori — director of the 1991 documentary Building Bombs — assembles the information here with clarity and sensitivity.

  • 60

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    It has a somewhat routine midlevel-cable-production feel. But the content is engaging, and the use of old movie clips to illustrate biographical details... is amusing.

  • 50

    Slant Magazine Kenji Fujishima

    Mark Mori goes a bit overboard in hammering home his appreciation of Bettie Page's significance, allowing the film to occasionally lapse into repetitiveness.

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