Director Mary Harron (I SHOT ANDY WARHOL) and writer Guinevere Turner (GO FISH THE L WORD) deliver a loving whimsical biopic of the centurys greatest pinup queen. The film also offers a highly relevant commentary on the sexual mores of the 1950s as well as stunning cinematography by W. Mott Hupfel III that perfectly captures the age. Played by the lovely Gretchen Mol (THE SHAPE OF THINGS) in a career-making performance Bettie Page is portrayed as a sweet but strangely wise naïf from Tennessee buffeted by circumstances outside her control but buoyed by an innate cheerful optimism. After an abusive marriage and a brutal gang rape Bettie flees to New York and begins a modelling career for which she has a natural talent and which she does with an uncommon joy and palpable enthusiasm. She also begins acting lessons but its the bondage photographs she takes with Irving and Paula Klaw (Chris Bauer and Lili Taylor) that really alter the course of her life. Shot in the basement of the Klaws celebrity photography business Betties photographs were among the first harbingers of a societys awakening sexuality and her ability to project boundless delight--no matter what activity she is engaged in--is truly remarkable to behold. Eschewing the sensational the film instead unfolds at a leisurely pace lacking much cohesive narrative and revealing the mundane realities of the life of a notoriously glamorous figure. The story is bookended by the trial the Klaws were subjected to for selling obscene materials which led to Betties retirement to her much-loved Miami getaway and a rediscovered devotion to Jesus.
Audio commentary by director, writer and Gretchen Mol, Cast interviews, Trailer, , 'Presenting Betty Page' - short film,
Release Date: 19 March 2007
Certificate: 18 - Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18, by placing an order for this product you are declaring that you are 18 years or over.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 90 minutes
Production Year: 2006
Main Language: English
Hearing Impaired Languages: English
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