"Mol delivers the first performance by an actress this year that deserves serious Oscar consideration."
"Like Bettie herself, the movie is wholesome and sexy at the same time. I liked it immensely."
-NEW YORK OBSERVER
"A comedy of high freakishness that invites us to climb deep into the mystique of Bettie Page's image, her phenomenon."
From the minds that made I SHOT ANDY WARHOL and AMERICAN PSYCHO, THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE is a wicked comedy about sex, bondage, censorship and finding yourself. The film features a tremendous performance from Gretchen Mol, who embodies both sides of Bettie Page, and an shares an uncanny resemblance. The film was featured during the Miami International Film Festival and showcases Page's affinity to South Florida.
This is the story of the super successful 1950s pin-up model, Bettie Page, one of the first sex icons in America, who was the target of a major Senate investigation -- based on her highly provocative bondage photos. The film uncovers the mid-century American mindset around sexuality and attempts to deny its existence. It also unfolds as a compelling character study of a highly complex woman and the power of imagery. Rene Rodriguez of the MIAMI HERALD identified the film’s “exploration of its supposedly sleazy milieu from a distinctly female point of view” as “invigorating” and called its “recreations of the period… a retro-kick.”
After the film stay for a special performance by Miami drag artists Miss Toto.
Florida in Focus is a series of queer films focused on the state of Florida. With the series we are examining the state's queer past, present and future. This series includes SOME LIKE IT HOT (June 17), MOONLIGHT (June 24), THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE (July 8) and A FLORIDA ENCHANTMENT (JULY 29).
The series is free and open to the public from the generous support of the Florida Humanities Council. Further support from Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies, the City of Coral Gables, Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs, Coral Gables Community Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation makes the Flaming Classics series possible.