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Pretty Baby


My Rating: /10
Rating:  7.4/10  Votes:  ( 58 )    IMDb
12+

Director:
Release:
1978 April, 5
Country:
USA
Runtime:
110 minutes
Genre:
Drama
Production Company:
Cumulative Worldwide Gross:
$ 5 786 368

      

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A semi-scandal upon its release in 1978, this Louis Malle film is set in a turn-of-the-century, New Orleans bordello and focuses on a girl named Violet (then-child actress Brooke Shields) whose imminent twelfth birthday signals her "readiness" to become a career prostitute. Typical of Malle, the outwardly forbidden nature of the story and relationships within are morally obscured by the immediate experiences and unqualified urges of the characters. The little heroine brings a distinctly youthful and innocent view to the milieu, and the introduction of a photographer (Keith Carradine)--who eventually marries Violet--in the brothel carries the suggestion that there is art and beauty to be explored there. Susan Sarandon is beguiling as Violet's mother, who seems to unfold in the cameraman's presence. The film moves a little stiffly, a little slowly, possibly from a heavy emphasis on period art direction and Sven Nykvist's moody if gorgeous photography.

1917 год, последние месяцы легальной проституции в Сторивиле, "районе Хэтти, проститутка, работающая на Мадам Нелл, и ее 12-летняя дочь Вайолет - единственные, кто соглашается пообщаться с фотографом Эрнестом Дж. Беллоком. Он снимает Хэтти, но его очаровывает Вайолет. Вскоре события начинают разворачиваться очень быстро. Мадам Нелл устраивает аукцион по продаже девственности Вайолет, Хэтти выходит замуж и уезжает в Сент-Луис, а Вайолет решает выйти за Беллока...

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Arithmetic mean = 7.4
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Niña bonita (original subtitled version) Uruguay
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Children's Cast:

Brooke Shields [13] Violet

User Commentaries:

bugmenot33      1 May 2018
Still, it’s hard to understand an 11-year-old agreeing to perform nude, as Brooke did in “Pretty Baby.”
To this day, she maintains that it was no big deal.
“I did not experience any distress or humiliation,” she writes. What she does remember was trying not to look as if “I’d just sucked on a lemon” before her on-screen kiss with 29-year-old Keith Carradine (“Keith was so kind,” she writes) and being soundly slapped — on-screen and for real — by Susan Sarandon (who apparently wasn’t).
(https://nypost.com/2014/11/11/mommie-plastered-brooke-shields-talks-about-her-hard-drinking-mama-in-a-new-memoir/)
Rating: 10/10
Kenhen      14 Mar 2018
Wonderful picture (good story) and as for Brooke Shields outstanding in more than one way.
PoncaBird76      19 May 2013
This is an excellent movie with good undertones
fanmodels      22 Feb 2012
this is very good film i love the film and Brooke Shields very pretty
tyciol      26 May 2010
Been wanting to see this classic for a long time.
rwandsworth0      30 Dec 2009
A true classic and an absolute must-see. Some people may mind the subject matter somewhat disturbing, but to me it keeps the film very real and helps bring empathy towards the characters.
tag1462      9 May 2009
Okay, does anybody watch this as a film? It's really an ( sort of ) indepth character study. Violet knows one world and grows into it.... and it's perfectly normal. Bellocq sees something else... probably just money. And worlds collide. Watch it once for the tittilation, watch it again just for the character interaction of innocence & exapseration. My take; Violet & Bellocq loved each other, but didn't know why.
LarsBecker      14 Dec 2008
Not the real solution to explain the problem of child prostitution

Rating: 3/10


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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:
$ 5 786 368

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