Betty Tells Her Story - LianeBrandon

Betty Tells Her Story

A film by Liane Brandon

  • Still from Betty Tells Her Story (c) Liane Brandon 1972

"... a classic of documentary filmmaking"

                        The Barbican Centre, London


Betty Tells Her Story is the poignant tale of beauty, identity and a dress. Made in 1972, it was the first independent film of the Women’s Movement to explore the issues of body image, self-worth and beauty in American culture - and it has become one of the most enduring.

It is the saga of Betty's search for "the perfect dress" - how she found just the right one, spent more than she could afford, modeled it for admiring friends, felt absolutely transformed… and never got to wear it. When Betty is asked to tell her story again, the facts remain the same, but her story is strikingly different. The contrast between the two stories is haunting.

Betty Tells Her Story was restored with a grant from the Women's Film Preservation Fund. It was recently featured at The Barbican Centre in London, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Metrograph and UnionDocs in NY, the Glasgow Film Theatre in Scotland and other venues.


     “Brandon is to be congratulated… this is a film about human beings – how they talk and feel, hide and reveal, and hurt.”

Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

     “…a shattering verbal/non-verbal ballet of changed emphases, no longer hidden nuances, and dropped masks.”

Amos Vogel, Film Comment

      "A masterpiece...It is impossible to imagine any woman over 12 not relating to this film. Its emotional impact is overwhelming…"

School Library Journal

     “This film is considered ground breaking in the documentary genre and has gained iconic status.”

New York Women in Film & Television

      “Seldom in a film does the warmth of the human spirit of an individual comes across as it happens here; seldom does a person reveal herself so honestly and openly.”

Film Library Quarterly

  “…since it was made, the movie has acquired a certain cult status amongst researchers, particularly those interested in questions of identity and performance.”

Learning and Teaching Narrative Inquiry


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