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Notorious Bettie Page, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

Biographical drama about the 1950s' fetish pinup icon (Gretchen Mol) who, raised in a strict Christian home in rural Tennessee, escaped abuse by her father and then her first husband to pursue an acting career in New York, where, after failing at that, she began modeling -- sometimes nude -- for men's magazines. Eventually she made her name posing in bondage-themed photos before abandoning modeling for religion. Mol is a dead ringer for Page, but director Mary Harron's movie -- shot mostly in black and white -- lacks form and depth, not offering more than a superficial treatment of Page's religious convictions and conflicted attitude toward pornography, and its subject matter will obviously limit its appeal. Full-frontal and rear female nudity, recurring sexually aberrant poses, the suggested sexual abuse of a minor, an implied gang rape, an instance of rough language and profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.



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