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Friday, Jan. 11, 2008

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"The Notorious Bettie Page"


Director: Mary Harron

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Language: English

Fairly standard biopic on 1950s pinup Bettie Page, who was the underground version of Marilyn Monroe and marketed to people who preferred their cheesecake in six-inch heels, corsets and wielding a whip. Caught up in a congressional investigation into bondage in 1955, Page suddenly retired into obscurity, and an air of mystique surrounded the model for decades after. Gretchen Mol certainly has the jaw-dropping figure to play Page, but by the end of the movie, she still seems something of a blank. Which may be the point.



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