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"Bettie Page Reveals All": She Made It Okay for Brunettes to Be Sexy in America 

Wednesday, Dec 4 2013

Among the enduring mysteries solved in Mark Mori's documentary Bettie Page Reveals All: Is it "Bettie" or "Betty?" We see various legal documents confirming that it was definitely spelled Bettie, though it was spelled Betty more often than not. But the real draw is the abundance of pictures and clips from Page's modeling career, making this doc one of the most aesthetically pleasing films in years. She loved to model, and it shows. In addition to interviews with people who knew her — including the Rev. Robert Schuller, who conducted her 2008 funeral and clearly adored her — narration is provided by audio-only interviews with the reclusive Bettie in the 1990s, speaking with good humor about the highs and lows of her difficult life. The movie's one overreach is showing the mugshot from her 1972 arrest; it's a famous picture, and Bettie Page Reveals All is a warts-and-all portrait with Page herself fearlessly describing those warts, but she also wanted people to remember her how she looked at her best, so we didn't need to see her at her worst. Still, the film is a worthy celebration of her life and her impact on pop culture — and, like Betty Page herself, it's just pleasant to look at.

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