Cinema: A Child's Garden of Sin

PRETTY BABY

Directed by Louis Malle, Screenplay by Polly Plan

By all rights, Pretty Baby should have been Louis Malle's masterpiece. The movie is the story of a child prostitute in New Orleans during World War I, and no film maker is better equipped to tell that story than Malle. As he demonstrated in Murmur of the Heart and Lacombe, Lucien, this great French director has a deep understanding of the process by which benign children change into corrupt adults. Like his old New Wave colleague, François Truffaut, he also has the ability to...

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