Movie review: A pinup talks, and talks, in 'Bettie Page Reveals All'
The legendary pinup Bettie Page doesn't exactly reveal all in the documentary "Bettie Page Reveals All," and some of what she reveals might have been best left a mystery.
Director Matt Mori takes an audio interview with Page (who apparently refused to be photographed after her heyday), in which she discusses her life, with particular attention to her career as a photographer's model in the 1950s when her nude and fetish photos ran afoul of prudish politicians and helped jump-start the sexual revolution. (Among other things, she was Playboy's first holiday centerfold.)
Page's remembrances aren't particularly insightful, and Mori fills in gaps with '50s stock footage that feels like cinematic wallpaper. There's a lot to be said about Page's role as an icon for sexual liberation, but Bettie herself (who died in 2008) isn't the best person to say it.
'Bettie Page Reveals All'
Opens Friday, Dec. 13, at the Tower Theatre; rated R for sexual content and graphic nudity throughout; 101 minutes.