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Pretty Baby (1978)

 -  Drama  -  5 April 1978 (USA)
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A teenage girl lives as a prostitute in the early decades of America, only to know her body is for bounty.

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In 1917, in the red light district Storyville, New Orleans, the prostitute Hattie lives with her twelve year-old daughter Violet in the fancy brothel of Madame Nell, where she works. Photographer Ernest J. Bellocq has an attraction to Hallie and Violet and he is an habitué of the whorehouse. One day, Madame Nell auctions Violet's virginity and the winner pays the fortune of US$ 400 to spend the night with the girl. Then Hattie marries a wealthy client and moves to Saint Louis, leaving Violet in the brothel alone. Violet decides to marry Bellocq and she moves to his house. Until the day that Hattie, who has overcome her past, comes to Bellocq's house with the intention to take Violet with her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In 1917, in the red-light district of New Orleans, they called her "Pretty Baby" See more »

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Jodie Foster was initially considered for the role of Violet, but declined due to her commitment with Walt Disney Pictures, because she was starring in Candleshoe (1977). When interviewed with Rolling Stone magazine in 1991, Jodie said that she disliked to play that role, because she didn't want to be typecast as the underage prostitute she played in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976). See more »

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Violet, distraught and crying, approaches a door and repeatedly bangs on it. No sound other than Violet weeping (itself obviously dubbed) can be heard. See more »

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Frieda: Do not forget, this guy is buying a virgin, so she's got to act it right. You've got to give him the idea that you don't know nothing. It should be like a rape.
Josephine: You don't know. Could be a different kind of guy. Someone that wants you to act like she wants it.
Frieda: The main thing is to whimper and cry when he starts, but then you've got to act like it feels good.
Violet: I know what to do. Leave me alone.
Hattie: Well, don't act like you know it all. You won't even get a tip that way.
Fanny: Violet, you should touch him ...
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The closing credits include a card that states, "With our gratitude for the priceless music of FERDINAND "JELLY ROLL" MORTON." See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Michael Palin/Eugene Record (1978) See more »

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intentionally disturbing
1 February 2005 | by (Mojave Desert, California) – See all my reviews

I think it was a fine piece of film making about a horrific situation. I agree with a previous poster that its understated tone was one of its strengths. The film maker presents a detailed, rounded view of the lifestyle and its effects on a girl who is much too young and much too pretty to have been allowed to ply her trade.

One of the ways I judge the strength of a film is the extent to which I wonder "what happens next?" after the closing credits. I would say the film succeeded. From the expression on Violet's face in the closing shot, I think she had been so warped by everything she had seen and done that, no matter what, she would never be able to become a normal woman living a normal life. My fear is that whether she went back to prostitution or lived a presumptively respectable life, she would always be ignorant, impulsive, self-centered and someone who used her appearance to manipulate others. After all, she, like everyone else in the world, can only know what she has been taught.


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