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Bettie Page Reveals All

by Kitty Drexel
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Thursday Apr 24, 2014
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Sex symbol Bettie Page has influenced fashion and pop culture icons such as Madonna and Lady Gaga (to name a few). Her work has a broad reach spanning decades, countries, and languages. "Bettie Page Reveals All," a film by Mark Mori, is a documentary-style movie about the life and broad influence of American pinup girl, Bettie Page. Still photos, color and black and white newsreels, classic cartoons, and clips for her infamous movies flush out her history as an entertainer. This film is a perfect match for admirers and devotees to Page’s brilliance.

Page narrates a large portion of the film and reveals personal anecdotes about her family life and insights into her explosion into fame as a model in the 50’s. It contains interviews by Hugh Hefner, Bunny Yaeger, Greg Theakston (The Bettie Pages), Steve Brewster (The Bettie Scouts), Richard W. Bann, Paula Klaw and Olivia de Berardinis. Dita von Teese makes a brief appearance in the first 20 minutes but does not reappear.

Bettie Page is famous for perfecting the madonna/whore complex. In her work, she exudes a vigorous yet innocent sexuality. By manipulating the male gaze to her advantage, Page has found success beyond her death in 2008. Her guiltless self-expression paved the way for other women (and like minded men) to embrace sex as fun at a time when sexual thought of any kind was considered destructive. Even when faced with McCarthy era morality police, she refused to accept that her modeling was delinquent or pornographic.

Page’s guiltless self-expression paved the way for other women (and like minded men) to embrace sex as fun at a time when sexual thought of any kind was considered destructive. Even when faced with McCarthy era morality police, she refused to accept

Trigger Warnings include adult content, bondage movie footage, and discussion of sexual abuse.

Bonus features include a reel of extra footage, the "Bettie Page" music video, video from Page’s funeral, a phone call with Page and Paula Klaw and "Wiggle Moves" starring Page.

"Bettie Page Reveals All"
Blu-ray
$34.95
https://bettiepagemovie.com/

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