The Notorious Bettie Page

Rated 3.0

Gretchen Moll is uncanny as Bettie Page, the infamous pinup girl who introduced much of the planet to bondage. Moll looks the part and brings a playfulness to the role that feels appropriate. While the script by director Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner (who teamed up for American Psycho) doesn’t tell us much about the icon, it’s still pretty entertaining fare. Harron shot most of the film in black and white but opts for color in some amusing places. She captures the essence of Page’s famous snapshots, helped by Moll, who is surprising in the role. Given Moll’s past work, she seemed a surprising choice for Page. As it turns out, I don’t think anybody could’ve done better with the part.