Pretty Baby [DVD]
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A photographer in turn-of-the-century New Orleans takes pictures of prostitutes, and eventually falls for one hooker's prepubescent daughter. A memorable film debut for Shields at 12.
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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.Read more ›
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They could have easily portrayed the same story without the child pornography.Because make no mistake, that is what this is. Read morePublished 11 days ago by AngelaDeNorth
this dares to look at reality in the not so distant past believable and arresting.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Fascinating painting of a remote world. Some excellent acting and a totally natural and captivating Brook Shields on the brink of adolescencePublished 1 month ago by spotty
Louis Malle is a curiously unsung French director whose misfortune it was to fall between two stools. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Film Buff
I am amazed first of all that this film even made it passed the censors, particularly for a US film. Read morePublished 7 months ago by No1MovieFan