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Pretty Baby

  • Drama
  • 1978
  • Louis Malle
  • 104 mins
  • X

Summary

Period drama starring Keith Carradine, Susan Sarandon and Brooke Shields. New Orleans photographer, EJ Bellocq, falls in love with 11-year-old Violet, the daughter of a prostitute who has been raised in a brothel. As her 12th birthday approaches, Violet's mother decides to sell her virginity for a high price.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

"Scandal!" yelled the moralists of the time about the under-age-sex theme in this depiction of brothel life in 1917 New Orleans from director Louis Malle. Brooke Shields was barely a teenager when she starred as the girl awaiting her 12th birthday - and the official loss of her virginity - in the bordello where she lives with her prostitute mother (Susan Sarandon). Keith Carradine plays the photographer who is attracted to the girl and whose candid camera strips the romance from her naive view of life with the women who are the only family she's got. Yet, despite its notoriety, this period drama is cosier than might have been expected, with Malle and cinematographer Sven Nykvist treating a difficult subject with sensitivity.

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Credits

Cast

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EJ BellocqKeith Carradine
HattieSusan Sarandon
VioletBrooke Shields
Madame Nell LivingstonFrances Faye
Professor, piano playerAntonio Fargas
HighpocketsGerrit Graham
Mama MoseberyMae Mercer
FriedaDiana Scarwid
JosephineBarbara Steele
Red TopMatthew Anton

Crew

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DirectorLouis Malle

Details

Guidance
Contains swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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