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Pretty Baby 1978

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Directed By: Louis Malle | English, French | 2.38 GB | 01:45:01 | Free Links | 2855 Kbps | Mkv | 720×576 | A_AC3, 48 Khz, 2 channels, 192 Kbps | Subs: English, French
Genres: Drama | Country: USA

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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 a 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.

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Original Title: Pretty Baby (1978)

Genres: Drama
Director: Louis Malle
Writers: Polly Platt (story), Polly Platt (screenplay), Louis Malle (story)
Actors: Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine, Susan Sarandon, Frances Faye
Rating: 6.6
Votes: 9132
Rated: R

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Pretty Baby is a 1978 American historical fiction and drama film directed by Louis Malle, and starring Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine, and Susan Sarandon. The screenplay for the film was written by Polly Platt. Its plot focuses on a 12-year-old prostitute in the red light district of New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century.

The title of the film is inspired by the Tony Jackson song, “Pretty Baby”, which is also used in the soundtrack. Although the film was mostly praised by critics, it was wildly controversial at the time due to its depiction of child prostitution and the scenes of the nude Brooke Shields, who was 12 years old at the time of filming.

Content and rating

Pretty Baby received an R rating in the U.S., an 18 rating in the U.K., and an R18+ rating in Australia, for nudity and sexual content. The continuing controversy over Shields’ nude scenes resulted in the film being banned in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan. Gossip columnist Rona Barrett called the film “child pornography,” and director Louis Malle allegedly was portrayed as a “combination of Lolita’s Humbert Humbert and controversial director Roman Polanski”.

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In addition to the issue of child prostitution, the scenes involving a nude 12-year-old Brooke Shields were controversial. As a result, the original 109-minute film was edited to 106 minutes in some releases. The full 109-minute version is available on DVD. However, all existing DVD versions are censored by reframing: zooming forward to show less of the scene than the cinema or VHS versions. This was done whenever Shields is completely nude to avoid showing her pubic area or buttocks. The properly framed version circulates online, but this version is sourced from either TV broadcasts or the Laserdisc, and the quality is significantly lower than on the DVD.

Critical reception

The film received mostly positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 79% of 14 critics had given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 6.9 out of 10. While many reviewers praised the film’s dreamy evocation of 1917 brothel life – and the performances of Sarandon, Shields, and Carradine – some found the slow pacing and languid acting a dull viewing experience.

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Understandably, the issues of prostitution and child pornography were not far from critics’ thoughts. In his review, The New York Times Vincent Canby wrote “… Mr. Malle, the French director … has made some controversial films in his time but none, I suspect, that is likely to upset convention quite as much as this one – and mostly for the wrong reasons. Though the setting is a whorehouse and the lens through which we see everything is Violet, who … herself becomes one of Nell’s chief attractions, Pretty Baby is neither about child prostitution nor is it pornographic.” Canby ended his review with the claim that Pretty Baby is “… the most imaginative, most intelligent, and most original film of the year to date..”

Similarly, Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert discussed how “… Pretty Baby has been attacked in some quarters as child porn. It’s not. It’s an evocation of a time and a place and a sad chapter of Americana.” He also praised Shields’ performance, writing that she “… really creates a character here; her subtlety and depth are astonishing.”

On the other hand, Variety wrote that “the film is handsome, the players nearly all effective, but the story highlights are confined within a narrow range of ho-hum dramatization.” And Asheville, North Carolina, Mountain Xpress critic Ken Hanke, looking at the film from the perspective of 2003, said of Pretty Baby: “It was once shocking and dull. Now it’s just dull.”

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