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Film: The Notorious Bettie Page

The Notorious Bettie Page is a 2005 biographical movie of the Fifties pin-up and centrefold Bettie Page. It was directed by Mary Harron and starred Gretchen Mol as the eponymous character. The screenplay was co-written by Harron and Guinevere Turner, the latter of whom was also the screenwriter for American Psycho.

Tropes included in the film:

  • Deliberately Monochrome: B/W except for when the magazine covers are shown, the home movies, and the photo shoot in Florida.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Aside from dying her naturally blond hair black, Gretchen Mol also gained a bit of weight to portray the curvier body type Bettie had (which was considered sexy for the era).
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: The iconic hairstyle is created when a photographer tells her that her high forehead reflects light and needs to be covered up.
  • Fan Nickname: Notably The Dark Angel by her fans because of her dark hair and bangs as well as The Queen of Curves.
  • For Want of a Nail: Bettie missed a class at school, got an A- instead of an A, didn't get a scholarship, and the rest is history.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Bettie starts off this way; she is not aware of the fact that some the images taken by John Willie were being sold underground as pornography until she is later summoned to a court hearing.
  • Playboy Bunny: Bettie was the Playboy Playmate of the Month centrefold in January 1955.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Bettie.

North CountryFilms of 2005 - 2009 The Pacifier

alternative title(s): The Notorious Bettie Page
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