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Interesting story but...
on 29 March 2007
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.