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Notorious Bettie Page [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Gretchen Mol , Lili Taylor , Mary Harron    DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Gretchen Mol, Lili Taylor, Chris Bauer, Jared Harris, Sarah Paulson
  • Directors: Mary Harron
  • Writers: Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner
  • Producers: Christine Vachon, Guinevere Turner, John Wells, Katie Roumel, Lori Keith Douglas
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GB5M42
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,476 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film about a lovely lady 25 Feb 2011
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This film shows how Betty Page got into Topless and nude modelling as well as some rather tame bondage with a very innocent view of the world. it is only after doing it for several years that she even starts to question the ethics of it. By today's standards it is all rather harmless, but I suppose back then it would be considered scandalous.

Anyway Gretchen Mol seems to have been made to play this part, it is very hard to tell her from the real thing when comparing stills from the film with the real Betty Page. She sheds her clothes without the least hint of embarrassment and does the poses exactly as you see in the old pictures from the time.

The film doesn't tell you too much about Betty, so couldn't be considered a Biopic, however I suppose the film maker wanted to tell us about what made her famous, how she got there, and why she stopped. In this respect the film succeeds.

i liked it a lot, Gretchen being a big part of the attraction.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treat for all Bettie fans.... but why 18 cert? 24 Sep 2009
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Some of the feedback on this is quite interesting. Frankly, I found it very enjoyable as a Bettie fan. Many viewers have commented on whether Bettie and her entourage were as naive, warm and likeable as they are portrayed. Who knows, but why should they not be? Pornography is a business like any other, and indeed quite a lucrative one. Perhaps there is a hidden McCarthy in everyone? The shifting of black and white to colour and back was a good move, to contrast the feel good factor of the 50s wholesome pin up and the dark side that many men of the day favoured but would not overtly admit to. If you have seen any original Page footage, you will be pleased with the accuracy to detail. It was good that all Bettie's media was explored - from the Playboy beach and jungle shots of Bunny Yaegar to the under the counter bondage and fetish market supplied by Irving and Paula Klaw, endorsed by the eccentricly pervy John Willie! Gretchen Mol is, as Bettie was, not just a pretty face and good body. The anti-smut campaigns are also entertaining in that they truly capture the stuffiness and hypocritical nature of this era (e.g that generic cheesecake featured on the shelves whilst "something different" lurked beneath the counter! The costumes were beautiful also. Oh, what's not to like????
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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For those who think that Madonnas' image is cutting edge, take a look at this film to see where she discovered her look. Tame by todays standards, but seriously risque in the '50's, this is an enjoyable and amusing look at erotica and censorship in the U.S. Gretchen Mol is a very convincing Bettie, and this film serves as an insight into Ms Pages life, until she withdrew from public adoration.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The cover pronounces "terrific...thrillingly sexy" and carries an 18 certificate but if you expect anything prurient you will be disappointed, Madonna wore what Bettie did 40 years later without comment and I'm not sure why it deserved the 18 certificate.
What you do have is a thoughtful and sympathetic movie detailing Bettie Page's life, filled with believable, well-acted characters.

Gretchen Mol plays Bettie Page and imbues the character with sufficient mystery and innocence that at the end of the movie you are left wondering how much Bettie really knew, was she just "dressing-up" or was it some kind of "pay-back".
The movie is mainly in black and white with occasional colour, this works really well in setting the period and gives the film the required atmosphere, it wouldn't have worked in colour.
It's a good movie.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story but... 29 Mar 2007
By Jaybird
I thought this was a really interesting attempt to look at the morality of the 40s through the prism of Bettie Page and a decent attempt to put her into her proper place in history.

Gretchen Mol looks amazingly like Bettie, and does a very nice turn in wide-eyed innocence. However, it is difficult to believe that Bettie remained quite as innocent and free as she was portrayed, particularly given her experiences in early life.

The relationship with her long-term partner is also sketched very loosely, leaving much unsaid.

The black and white filming, with occasional splurges of colour looked beautiful, but lets you know that what you are seeing is not really meant to be a realistic portrayal of Bettie's character; its what she showed those around her at the time.

What I really do not understand, given that there is very little nudity in the film and no intercourse, is how it managed to get an 18 certificate, because there is nothing in this that would be news to a 15 year old. Interesting yes, but erotic or realistic, definitely not.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Notorious Bettie Page 12 Dec 2009
Brilliant. An extremely well-observed period piece. The mix of innocence and sheer sexual arousal is rewarding. Attitudes have certainly changed since this was made, but I wouldn't mind going back to the standards portrayed in this very good movie
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lights! Camera!,,, Little action..... 11 Jan 2010
Bettie Page is an increasingly famous name, having shirked off it's past connotations of sleaze so I watched this with a strong sense of curiosity, It all starts reasonably well, the film vision closely ape's movies of the 50's and the use of stock footage from the time strengthens the impression. It all seemed quite hopeful but as the movie progressed it all settles down into a strangely muted experience, a combination of average acting, insipid script and general lack of any depth.
Dramatic life changing experiences in bettie's life are quickly skirted over getting hastily too her modeling days, a pity because we get little insight into her, Drama is the Flesh of any biopic and although there's plenty of flesh on show Bettie's life as a model was a reasonably happy undramatic one and if anything dramatic did happen to her were not really shown it. The movie ends with her turning to Christianity, again were not shown any of her money problems or later decent into schizophrenia. Bettie's life was full of drama and strife but I suppose people are only interested in a relatively short happy period of her life, fair enough but for a biopic it makes for a stunningly average watch.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Notorous Bettie Page
A look back to the past when this kind of film was considered a little risqué. Certainly not so today!
Published 1 month ago by Mike Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars VA VA VOOM!
VA VA VOOM. VA VA VOOM,. VA VA VOOOOOOOOM!!!!!! Well, what can I say....well, this is a racy, seductive, yet beautful, serene and touching drama biopic film. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ophelia-Sofia S
4.0 out of 5 stars bettie Page biograpy
interesting to see how Bettie Page grew up and turned into such a famous pin up and why she retired and the court case over irvine claw/federal mail
Published 20 months ago by roolaw
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent watch
a must see for all fans of bettie page . a great film ,very well made.
a little known superstar has been brought back to life in this film.
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by elly
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gift
This DVD was bought as a gift for christmas as it was on someones wish list, a far as I know they are well pleased with it.
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by Barso
3.0 out of 5 stars Meandering Film doesn't go anywhere
Whilst familiar with the iconic burlesque imagery of Betty Page I had seen none of her films and knew next to nothing about her. Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2009 by K Holl
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but disappointing
When I played the DVD I hoped that the film would live up to it's title but it failed to. The acting was good but the film took 45 minutes, half of it's short length, to reach the... Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2009 by Robert
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