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The notorious Bettie Page - Gretchen Mol, Chris Bauer, Jared Harris, Mary Harron

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Movie propaganda

The pin-up sensation that shocked the nation.

Bettie Page was the ultimate girl-next door, and one of the most popular Playboy centrefolds. Page challenged the conservative 1950s, posing as a fierce dominatrix and earning both a cult underground following and Senate Committee investigation on juvenile delinquency, essentially a witch-hunt orchestrated by a senator from her home state of Tennessee bent on exploiting her as a stepping stone to the White House. At the height of her popularity, Bettie disappeared. But in 1979 and 1982, Page (a diagnosed schizophrenic) tried to stab several people to death and was institutionalized.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Bettie Page biography pin-up sex pornography dominatrix domination centrefold morality photography model

Persons of interest

  • Gretchen Mol .... Bettie Page
  • Chris Bauer .... Irving Klaw
  • Jared Harris .... John Willie
  • Sarah Paulson .... Bunny Yeager
  • Cara Seymour .... Maxie
  • David Strathairn .... Estes Kefauver
  • Lili Taylor .... Paula Klaw
  • Norman Reedus .... Billy Neal
  • Dallas Roberts .... Scotty
  • Tara Subkoff .... June
  • Kevin Carroll .... Jerry Tibbs
  • Ann Dowd .... Edna Page
  • Michael Gaston .... Mr Gaughan
  • Jefferson Mays .... Little John
  • Peter McRobbie .... Gengel
  • Dan Snook .... Mr Grimm
  • Jonathan M Woodward .... Marvin
  • John Boyd .... Jack
  • Max Casella .... Howie
  • Alejandro Chabán .... Armand
  • Jaymie Dornan .... Young Jimmy Page
  • Guinevere Turner .... Screenwriter
  • Mary Harron .... Screenwriter
  • Mary Harron .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

In her day, Bettie Page was certainly notorious, but that day is long ago and the world has moved on and now even Shortbus barely raises an eyebrow. There is some historic interest in seeing how pornography got its big start in the USA but that's it.

The biography movie The notorious Bettie Page is directed by Mary Harron and stars Gretchen Mol, Chris Bauer, Jared Harris.

Government security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong theme)

Surveillance time

91 minutes (1:31 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 8 March 2007

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