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The Notorious Bettie Page

Mary Harron, or so it seems to me, can do no wrong. The basic idea of the film is as a celebration of . . . the moral virtues of the pornography industry. The porn is rather tame by contemporary standards but, even that aside, draped in a kind of innocence. Outside the porn world, everyone -- fathers, senators, random men on the street, legit movie producers, boyfriends, acting teachers -- is terrible, but the dirty pictures business if full of stand up people. This, though subversive, would be subversive in a boringly cliché way of its own except for the fact that hard-core Baptist Christianity proves itself to be the other positive force in the world and somehow the two go together perfectly.

April 28, 2006 | Permalink

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hard-core Baptist Christianity proves itself to be the other positive force in the world

Actually, Hardcore Baptists 12 was even more positive.

Posted by: scarshapedstar | Apr 28, 2006 10:00:18 AM

HA!

Posted by: Cain | Apr 28, 2006 12:44:50 PM

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