The Notorious Bettie Page
The Notorious Bettie Page ★★½ 2006 (R)
The ultimate 50s fetish pinup, Bettie (Mol) is a sweet, religious Southern gal with a rocky past (bad childhood, bad men), who comes to the Big Apple to be an actress. She can't act, but Bettie looks great—dark hair, curvy body, come-hither smile, and an open sexuality that soon has her doing nude photo shoots. After Bettie meets the Klaws, Irving (Bauer) and his sister Paula (Taylor), she becomes a sensation in the specialty market of leather and bondage. This being the 50s, morality soon wags a disapproving finger when Senator Estes Kefauver (Strathairn) convenes his indecency hearings and Bettie gets caught in the crossfire. Mol is charming but Bettie remains a cipher. 91m/C DVD . US Gretchen Mol, Chris Bauer, Jared Harris, Sarah Paulson, Cara Seymour, Lili Taylor, David Strathairn, John Cullum, Matt McGrath, Austin Pendleton, Norman Reedus, Dallas Roberts, Victor Slezak, Tara Subkoff, Kevin Carroll, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Jefferson Mays, Peter McRobbie, Jonathan M. Woodward; D: Mary Harron; W: Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner; C: W. Mott Hupfel III; M: Mark Suozzo.