Bettie Page is, to our celebrity-crazed culture, an enigma. “She’s lasted because she has that rare quality that’s hard to define,” raves fashion designer Todd Oldham. “It’s that sort of ultimate star quality,” he adds. Rebecca Romijn regards her as “the most important glamour icon” who managed to “pave the way” for all those who came after her. Models who wouldn’t deign to emulate her physique worship at the altar of her legacy, while Perez Hilton spews reverential diatribes about how she sought to embody female empowerment. The opening scenes of Bettie Page Reveals All are filled with sycophantic adoration from people who have no idea who they’re really talking about. No one’s really known Bettie Page, or understood what made her tick. Until now, that is.
The truth behind Bettie Page is simultaneously simpler and more disturbing than any fan could have guessed. And for the first time ever, we have an accurate portrayal of her life, as sanctioned by Page herself. It’s as a result of this portrait that the fandemonium around her seems so ludicrous and hollow. Why the praise over her iconographic standing seems sycophantic and vain. Behind every pose, all of the leather and lace, the barely there bikinis and animal print loincloths, there was a free-spirited woman just having a good time. Without agenda or hope of fame, Bettie Page was simply a woman with a dark past, and a closet full of unidentified demons, who wanted nothing more than to experience life, and have a good time.
Bettie Page Reveals All grants the public the rare opportunity to hear Page’s entire story. What’s more important is that we’re hearing it from her lips. The majority of the documentary is narrated by Page herself, granting us unprecedented access to her story told her way. Would you like to know more…?