I was never very interested in Bettie Page, but Harron's take sounds intriguing:
"All women's history is hidden to some degree," says director Mary Harron. Her latest movie, The Notorious Bettie Page, tells of the famous 1950s pinup who gained notoriety when her bondage and fetish photo modeling became the focus of Senate hearings in 1955. "We have all these movies from the '50s, but they're told from such a male perspective and such a '50s ideology. You wouldn't see Bettie's story from her point of view. People wouldn't be interested in what it was really like or take her story at face value," said Harron. "Films from that time are hilarious because of their complete condemnation of any kind of female initiative or ambition. It was such a contradictory world that even the law itself didn't have a clear handle on it. ... I really wanted to get across that moment in time of naivete, fear and panic."