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Voiceover recollections from the late, reclusive subject of the title provide the hook for “Bettie Page Reveals All.” That audio input offers few revelations, but is still as close as fans will ever get to the woman behind the fabled 1950s pinup star whose image acquired iconic status: Her enduring appeal is amply documented in myriad vintage photos and clips deployed, while erstwhile collaborators and latter-day admirers add their two cents. Just workmanlike in assembly, Mark Mori’s docu nonetheless should satisfy aficionados of this forever-young sex symbol in theatrical release starting Nov. 22 and subsequent home-format release.

A natural showoff despite her unhappy childhood circumstances, Nashville native Page landed in New York in 1949, after a 20th Century Fox screen test failed to pan out. Stage acting gigs proved similarly elusive, and she was deemed “too hippy” (as in wide-hipped, being voluptuous rather than skinny despite a tiny waist) to be a high-fashion model. »


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