Sunlit Water

November 14, 2006


Filed under: Culture — by teofilo @ 12:22 am

I don’t generally watch a lot of movies.  I don’t have anything against them, but, much like novels, they take up a lot of time and there are other things I’d rather do.  My mom, however, does like movies and often wants to go to a movie as a family activity.  These are the circumstances under which I usually see movies.

This summer, we went up to Durango for a few days as a family; this seems to be the new thing that my parents do for a short vacation.  We stayed in the Strater and just sort of hung out (unusual for a vacation planned by my mother, who is generally of the pack-in-as-much-as possible school when it comes to leisure time).  One night, she decided we should see a movie.  Durango’s a very small town, so our options that night were limited to Akeelah and the Bee and The Notorious Bettie Page.  It probably says a lot about my family that we settled on the latter.

It was quite good, as I recently mentioned to SnackyCakes at Unfogged.  For such a controversial subject, it tells the story remarkably straight, with very little moralizing from any perspective.  In fact, after watching the film it’s not entirely clear what the filmmakers think of Page’s life, the pornography industry she was an important early star in, or her eventual turn to religion.  I found this refreshing.  It allows viewers to draw their own conclusions, and different people will see different aspects of the story as being of primary importance.

Anyway, I thought it was a good movie.  Highly recommended.



  1. It probably says a lot about my family that we settled on the latter.

    Careful or SCMT will start crushing on your mom.

    Comment by Becks — November 14, 2006 @ 12:47 am |Reply

  2. I don’t think she’s his type.

    Comment by teofilo — November 14, 2006 @ 12:51 am |Reply

  3. I initially thought this was going to be about Notorious, also a very fine film.

    Comment by Matt F — November 14, 2006 @ 12:54 am |Reply

  4. So did I.

    Comment by ac — November 14, 2006 @ 7:59 am |Reply

  5. I’ll report after viewing.

    Comment by heebie_geebie — November 14, 2006 @ 3:35 pm |Reply

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