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Not a Pretty Picture - The Criterion Collection

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Genres: Drama, Documentary
Director: Martha Coolidge
Plot Sypnosis:

Trailblazing filmmaker Martha Coolidge made her feature debut with this unflinchingly personal hybrid of documentary and fiction. Centered on an intense reenactment of Coolidge’s experience of rape in her adolescence, the film casts Michele Manenti (also a survivor) as the director’s younger self, and observes the actor and her castmates as they engage in a profound dialogue about what it means to recreate these traumatic memories, and about their attitudes concerning consent and self-blame. A high-stakes experiment in metacinema that broke new ground with its uncompromising examination of date rape, Not a Pretty Picture brings a stunning immediacy to questions about the on-screen representation of sexual violence and the limits of artistic catharsis.


  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Martha Coolidge, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Interview with Coolidge conducted by filmmaker Allison Anders
  • Old-Fashioned Woman (1974), a documentary by Coolidge about her grandmother
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Molly Haskell

    New cover by Polly Dedman
Release Details

Movie Release Year: 1975
Tech Specs & Release Details

Length: 82
Specs: DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION - New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Martha Coolidge
Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p/MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.33:1
Audio Formats: English uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Subtitles/Captions: English