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Pretty Baby

Keith Carradine , Antonio Fargas , Louis Malle    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Keith Carradine, Antonio Fargas, Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields, Barbara Steele
  • Directors: Louis Malle
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian, French, English, Spanish, German
  • Subtitles: Italian, French, English, Spanish, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Run Time: 105.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KWKJY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,891 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


descrizione quartiere di storyville, new orleans, louisiana, 1917. violet, figlia dodicenne della prostituta hattie, vive in un bordello prendendosi cura del fratello neonato. un giorno arriva bellocq, un fotografo interessato a ritrarre le prostitute in foto artistiche. violet e' incuriosita dal nuovo arrivato, ma questi pare molto attratto da sua madre. nonostante la tenera eta', violet e la sua verginita' vengono messe allasta al miglior offerente: se le aggiudica un individuo per quattrocento dollari. violet e' molto ambita e la madre labbandona nel postribolo per sposarsi a st. louis, nel missouri. latteggiamento della ragazza e' considerato sfacciato anche per la casa chiusa e violet viene punita a scudisciate. insofferente, si trasferisce a casa di bellocq, il quale poco alla volta se ne innamora. dopo le prime incomprensioni violet ritorna al bordello, ma la casa chiude per le proteste dei cittadini. bellocq le chiede allora di sposarlo, ma dopo i primi tempi di vita in comune, hattie ritorna da violet con la sua famiglia per riprenderla. violet abbandona il marito e torna a vivere con la madre.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
I like this movie and I have seen this countless of times. 'Pretty Baby' is a testament to the fact that the 70's were vastly more liberated than our times, at least when it comes to sexuality. In here pretty baby is twelve-year-old Violet, played by Brooke Shields. Violet has grown in the environment of a circa World War I whorehouse in New Orleans, where her mother Hattie (Susan Sarandon) practices the oldest of professions. She still acts like a child, one who likes to chase lizards in the underbrush and who throws tantrums when she doesn't get her way. When her mother leaves the brothel to start a respectable life, Violet remains and allows her virginity to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. She finds herself drawn to a photographer, Bellocq, who is taking portraits of Storyville prostitutes. Realizing that she is love, the young Violet declares her intention to marry Bellocq...

Brook performance literally carries this movie. Yes, the movie is quite explicit about the business of prostitution during that time, but it is never exploited and gives one the sense of how it really was, and what might happen to children born into prostitution. Malle's dispassionate take on all of this outraged viewers a quarter-century ago, but it all seems rather tame today. Perhaps too tame.........

Malle's restraint is so great at times that one wishes he'd pushed the envelope even more. But he got an amazing performance out of Shields, one that she never topped in her career as an actress -- Violet is a mesmerizing combination of innocent child and sly young woman, and that we never see her as a victim is to both her credit and Malle's.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A look inside the Red Light District 5 Oct 2007
This story takes place at the turn of the century in New Orleans'. A prostitute becomes pregnant decides to keep her baby and gives birth to a daughter named Violet. They live in the brothel where she continues to work. Twelve years later, Violet is old enough to attract the attentions of the brothel's customers. Her mother agrees to have her virginity auctioned off to the customers of the house. The story really starts when Violet draws the affections of Bellocq, a photographer who has been working on a photo series about prostitutes. Violet's blend of childlike innocence and adult sensuality is profoundly attractive to him, but their relationship quickly becomes a problem. Which is enhanced when her mother leaves Violet behind to get married. The film's sexual content is sensual without being especially graphic. This is really a film about desire and attraction.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Film Everyone Should See At Least Once. 13 Oct 2007
Produced and directed by Louis Malle in the late seventies, Pretty Baby portrays the taboo subject of child prostitution in the early twentieth century. The film became very controversial for obvious reasons. It shows Brooke Shields (who plays Violet) at the age of twelfth often completely naked and in a sexual role unsuitable for a minor. The film is based mainly in a house set in the red light district of New Orleans and follows the character of E.J Bellocq (Keith Carradine) a photographer who becomes involved with Violet. There are some powerful and 'disturbing' scenes throughout the film. One that comes to mind is when they start to auction her to a room of gentleman selling her as a virgin and refering to her as "The finest delicacy New Orleans has to offer" and selling her like a piece of meat to the highest bidder. However if you can see past certain things then you will see that Pretty Baby is a film of humanity and beauty. Is an original one of a kind film that shows how life was and how life changed. The acting throughout the film and from everyone is just amazing. However I feel as a serious film fan that I should point out that the British release of the DVD has been cut. Its running time is only 105 minutes while the running time of the American release is 109 minutes which is slightly longer (you can check by searching for Pretty Baby region 1 on Amazon and scrolling down to its running time.) I couldn't tell you what exactly has been cut out and why. Also I would have liked to have seen some special features on the DVD that are worth watching. Currently there are none. But all things considered I think that Pretty Baby is a film that everyone should see at least once.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Preyyt Baby 7 Oct 2009
Beautifully fimed and well acted with star performances from Susan Saranden and the very young Brooke Shields this film is a real treasure.

Pretty Baby tells the storey of a prostitute and her teenage daughter living in an open New Orleans Brothel in the second decade of the twentieth century delicately, without crudity or malice. It pulls no punches without being in the least pornographic and handles the sale of a young girl's virginity - under age by today's values - with an honesty that would perhaps be difficult to achieve today pre-occupied as it is with concerns of the politically correct.
This is not a tale of the exploitation of the actresses or the characters in the storey, because they clearly have control of their own destinies. It is a right of passage with an ending that speaks of a future surprisingly full of hope.
Sweet it certainly is, but nostalgia and the integrity of the production allow us to believe in a gentler past without the influence of drugs, organised crime and the desire to legislate for every aspect of the human condition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
packing good delivered as stated good film
Published 1 month ago by david t sylvester
5.0 out of 5 stars a subtle film
As with all Louis Malle's films, subtlety is the keynote to this portrayal of a New Orleans brothel in the early years of the 20th century, and of the lives of one prostitute and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by schumann_bg
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Baby my review
High rating, pretty baby has a good story line which is plausible. A child or in this story children being raised in a New Orleans brothel and all the goings on in this whore house... Read more
Published 5 months ago by spiderman2009
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking Disturbing Provocative
I seen the movie title listed in an Kindle book titled THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO GIRLS IN COMING OF AGE MOVIES by Carl Wo. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars pretty baby
Excellent acting from all. the film was well directed and showed things how they really were. not a family film
Published 8 months ago by jeff A
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic "Pretty Baby" Brooke Shields
There are enough reviews regarding the films content so I won't repeat what has already been stated. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Peter J. Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars Brooke Shields is amazing...
Although the story-line is undeniably controversial, this film is brilliantly portrayed by a fine selection of talented actors. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dr Roger Whittingham
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Pretty baby dvd
i gave 5 stars for this dvd
i would recomend this dvd to anyone over 18 years.
Published 17 months ago by Mr M T Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Baby
A rather dated story line, but non the less, a very real one of American City life. All it needs is the intruction of smell !
Published 21 months ago by Duncan Paul Matthews
2.0 out of 5 stars simply boring
this film is incredibly slow paced and to make matters worse nothing really happens in it either. the acting is realtively good but none of the characters demand attention from the... Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2012 by Shaun Pond
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