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Pretty Baby Movie Review Summary

Actors: Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine, Susan Sarandon, Frances Faye

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It is 1917 and the last months of legal prostitution in the red light district of Storyville, New Orleans. Hattie (Sarandon)is a prostitute who lives and work in the home of Madame Nell (Faye). One day photographer Ernest J. Bellocq (Carradine) comes by to take pictures at the house and Hattie and her twelve year old daughter Violet (Shields) are the only two people in the house who are awake so he takes pictures of Hattie while her daughter watches. What Violet sees fascinates her. Over the course of the next few months, Nell arranges for the auction of Violet's virginity while Hattie meets and falls in love with a rich, respectable man and moves with him to St. Louis, leaving her daughter behind. Violet believes herself to be in love with Bellocq and pleased beyond words at her feelings and attraction for him, he marries her and takes her away to live with him. However their relationship is fraught with problems as Violet is still really a child and finds it difficult to fit into her husband's world. She finds herself missing her mother more every day and hoping for her return.
The review of this Movie prepared by Patti Illsley








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1900-1920's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   prostitute Age group    -   trouble in grade school Sexing?    -   first sexual experience

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   prostitute/concubine Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southwest City?    -   Yes City:    -   New Orleans

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing full frontal--women    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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