The Notorious Bettie Page is a biographical film about pinup and bondage model Bettie Page, who is portrayed by Gretchen Mol. The film is directed by Mary Harron, who co-wrote with Guinevere Turner. The original music score was composed by Mark Suozzo.
The film had its world premiere at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival on September 14, and was released in theaters in early April 2006. It was released on DVD in the U.S. on September 26, 2006. The film's tagline is "The pin-up sensation that shocked the nation."
Plot summary Edit
As a teen, Bettie Page is a smart, plucky girl with ambitions beyond her Nashville, Tennessee roots, but is actually quite innocent. Suffering varying degrees of abuse from her father, her first husband, and suitors of dubious virtue, Page makes her way to New York City, where an amateur photographer discovers her lounging on the beach. It is not long before images of the shapely brunette reach Irving and Paula Klaw, brother-and-sister entrepreneuers who publish illicit magazines dedicated to men's fetishes. The casual nudist Page eventually finds herself acquiescing to their requests to don thigh-high boots, whips, and chains, which raise the ire of the smut-fearing senator Estes Kefauver. In the end, Page faded into obscurity after she retired to her much loved getaway in Miami, Florida, and converted to Christianity, but is never ashamed of her modeling career.
|Gretchen Mol||Bettie Page|
|Chris Bauer||Irving Klaw|
|Jared Harris||John Willie|
|Sarah Paulson||Bunny Yeager|
|David Strathairn||Estes Kefauver|
|Lili Taylor||Paula Klaw|
|John Cullum||Nashville Preacher|
|Matt McGrath||Nervous Man|
|Norman Reedus||Billy Neal|
See also Edit
- Official site
- The Notorious Bettie Page at the Internet Movie Database
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