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.