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      Not a Pretty Picture

      Released Mar 31, 1976 1 hr. 23 min. Drama List
      100% 5 Reviews Tomatometer In this pseudo-documentary, director Martha Coolidge presents a staging of a traumatic event from her youth. As a teenager, Coolidge was raped by a boarding school classmate. Coolidge is filmed directing the actors and coping with her trauma while the reenactments are being shot. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Truly a great film. A very strange meshing of styles, with various levels of reality, and plenty of things that will most likely leave the audience frustrated and infuriated, but will inevitably provoke discussion. This is a reminder of power movies can have, and restored my faith in their ability to do good. Great job, Martha Coolidge! This needs to be on DVD. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Richard Brody New Yorker Its blend of documentary and dramatic filmmaking, of first-person reflection and renactment, sets a standard for cinematic inquiry into the political implications of personal experience. Jun 9, 2018 Full Review Sean Burns WBUR’s Arts & Culture As we watch the movie being made, we’re also witnessing an artist finding catharsis in the act of creation. Mar 28, 2024 Full Review Alex Heeney Seventh Row Not a Pretty Picture would have been a conversation starter in the 1970s and still serves as one today... The interruptions to the narrative where we see behind-the-scenes work force us to question what the re-enactments really depict. Mar 22, 2024 Full Review Paula Arantzazu Ruiz Cinemanía (Spain) Coolidge's proposal is as shocking as it is exemplary. Rated: 5/5 Feb 29, 2024 Full Review Christopher Campbell Nonfics Ahead of its time in terms of what it says and how it says it. Feb 10, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In this pseudo-documentary, director Martha Coolidge presents a staging of a traumatic event from her youth. As a teenager, Coolidge was raped by a boarding school classmate. Coolidge is filmed directing the actors and coping with her trauma while the reenactments are being shot.
      Director
      Martha Coolidge
      Screenwriter
      Martha Coolidge
      Production Co
      Coolidge Productions
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 31, 1976, Limited