In an incandescent performance, Gretchen Mol (The Shape of Things_) stars as Bettie Page, who grew up in a conservative religious family in Tennessee and became a photo model sensation in 1950s New York. Bettie’s legendary pin-up photos made her the target of a Senate investigation into pornography, and transformed her into an erotic icon who continues to enthrall fans to this day. Complemented by an ensemble cast of acclaimed actors, such as David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck_) and Lili Taylor (High Fidelity), the film brings to vivid life Bettie’s fascinating world.
Canadian writer and director Mary Harron first made an impact on the world of American independent cinema with her 1996 feature directorial debut I Shot Andy Warhol. The widely acclaimed film, which detailed the short, strange life of S.C.U.M Manifesto author Valerie Solanas, earned both an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Film and a Special Jury Award for star Lili Taylor at the 1996 Sundance Festival.
The daughter of celebrated Canadian actor Don Harron, she was educated at Oxford University and began her career as a rock journalist. One of the founders of Punk magazine, the first publication dedicated solely to punk rock, Harron was the first writer to interview the Sex Pistols for an American publication. She also worked for a number of British publications, including New Musical Express, for which she wrote a history of the Velvet Underground, and Melody Maker, for which she wrote a detailed history of Andy Warhol and the Factory.
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My feelings on the actual Bettie Page are ambivalent, she existed in a time so removed from when I grew up I have no real attachment or feelings about her. I do think they she (unknowingly ) revealed a large amount of hypocrisy, repression, & misogyny in the super conservative 50's. Gretchen Mol is radiant in every scene and it is a shame she isn't utilized more.
ive come to a point in my life where this film has become relevant in a way i never thought it would be