The Notorious Bettie Page

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Released 2006

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Director:
Mary Harron
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
One of the most idolized pin-ups of all time, Bettie Page had a fresh, breezy appeal that belied the pornographic content of her photos. Director Mary Harron ('American Psycho') looks at Page through a new lens, revealing her traumatic youth and the ease with which she assumed the role of sex goddess in often strange circumstances. Gretchen Mol stars as the 1950s idol.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Principally a work of gorgeous surfaces, shot mostly in silvery black-and-white film by the cinematographer Mott Hupfel, with an occasional splash of saturated color.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Harron has said she was determined to be nonjudgmental about Page, to do justice to the woman's "mystery and ambiguity." In practice, however, that attitude plays as coldness, and ...

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A superficial look at the '50s sex icon, picture feels like it was researched via press clippings rather than attempting a fresh rethinking of its era and provocative subject.

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