Bettie Page Reveals All

Bettie Page Reveals All

Mark Mori has created a film that, at one time, would have
been deemed impossible: a thorough, even-handed chronicle of the pin-up queen’s
life narrated by Bettie Page herself. Given her reclusive nature and mental
health problems, not to mention her disappearance from public view for several
decades, this is no small achievement. But it isn’t just the effort that should
be applauded: Bettie Page Reveals All
is a breezy, informative, and entertaining portrait of an uninhibited woman who
helped light the flame of the sexual revolution… although that was the farthest
thing from her mind.

Mori and writer Doug Miller call on an impressive array of
sources, including members of the amateur camera club who first set eyes on the
knockout model in the 1940s, several prominent lovers, photographer Bunny
Yeager, Playboy publisher Hugh
Hefner, and the late Paula Klaw of Movie Star News, who with her brother Irving
took the most widely circulated photos and 16mm films of Bettie at the peak of her
underground popularity in the 1950s. We also hear from Bettie’s latter-day
champions, including Rocketeer artist
Dave Stevens, Greg Theakston, publisher of the Betty Pages fanzine, pin-up artist supreme Olivia, businessman Mark
Roesler and Richard Bann, who helped Page when she needed it most.

Whether you’re already a fan or new to the Bettie Page
phenomenon, this film serves as a complete guide to the rocky life and times of
a woman who enjoyed her sexuality at a time when that was frowned upon and actively
suppressed. Mori and Miller try not to dwell on the negative in telling her
story, yet their film stops short of hagiography. Hearing Page’s friendly voice
on the soundtrack is especially appealing.

Bettie Page Reveals
All
,
 which opened last week in Manhattan, begins a one-week run at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles today and
will expand throughout the country.
 

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