Pretty Baby (DVD)
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|Contributor||Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon, Keith Carradine, Louis Malle, Frances Faye|
|Runtime||1 hour and 50 minutes|
Internationally acclaimed director Louis Malle has taken a taboo subject–child prostitution– and created in Pretty Baby a film of humanity and beauty. E.J. Bellocq (Keith Carradine) is a photographer in 1917 obsessed with the prostitutes in New Orleans’ red-light district. Violet (12-year-old Brooke Shields), a young girl, bewitches Bellocq with her curiosity and naïve coquettishness. Malle’s level-headed treatment of this controversial theme and exceptional performances by the entire cast (especially Susan Sarandon as Violet’s prostitute mother) make Pretty Baby a must-see for all serious film fans.
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 2 x 13.5 x 19.1 cm; 80 Grams
- Item Model Number : VVE2134
- Director : Louis Malle
- Media Format : DVD
- Run time : 1 hour and 50 minutes
- Release date : 8 July 2020
- Actors : Frances Faye, Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon, Keith Carradine
- Studio : ViaVision
- ASIN : B08825XT3M
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
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The acting is excellent. In particular, Brooke Shields - who was only 12 at the time - offers a standout performance. She captures in a mesmerising way the dual role of, on the one hand, a child who wants to play and be loved and, on the other hand, someone who has become sexually objectified. Of course, presenting full nudity - in the context of this story - was a risqué undertaking. However, the film succeeds in giving us a gritty, often realistic representation of underage prostitution (and the abuse it involves). I do think that the directing is slightly below par, and this is my only major criticism of the film. Occasionally the camera is out of focus, and there are times when the image lingers for too long on an uninteresting scene. Additionally, this is a film without a score or soundtrack - and the decision to not include music results in a certain amateurish quality.
So long as you're aware that this is a serious, character-driven movie involving nudity and depictions of prostitution, produced on a relatively low budget, it's a film I can recommend.
Brook Shields really shines as the young girl who falls into prostitution during the nineteen twenties I do believe it's set in, although I could be wrong, and she ends up befriending a local photographer, but their relationship soon falls apart. That's all I really want to say about the story, you can see it for yourself, but this is well worth a look, if only for I must say a particularly brave and impressive Brooke Shields, who as a child star which she quite clearly is in this, knowing the film she was doing, performs above and beyond the call of duty.
It is an amusing film as well as having a serious side. Very much sex for sale by the ladies and some indication to the types of men clients that frequent the place. A good performance by Keith Carradine who plays the role of a photographer whose interests are in capturing photos of the ladies of pleasure especially young Violet (Brooke Shields) and her mother (Susan Saradon) The story is set in 1917.
The film has a controversial theme child prostitution and its interpretation by the director and entire cast is outstanding.
I have no dislikes of the film but this is one for adults only.