Thursday, October 4, 2007
GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
This is the kind of movie that everybody needs to watch in the developmental stages of childhood. The question is, do you know why it's so important?
Here's why; this movie has Class, with a capital letter C. It has wit, intelligence, and a good deal of cuckolding, transforming from a run of the mill musical to a well rounded feature film, all the while keeping it's dignity intact. That's Class.
While it does portray the two female leads in ways that would be unbecoming of a modern day feminist, you have to remember that this movie was made in 1953. Taken in proper context of the times, this movie was a cornerstone for women in cinema.
Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe star as two sultry lounge singers on board a yacht, trying to make their way to France, and keeping an eye out for eligible men. Based on the Broadway show, which in turn was based on the novel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a total joy of the 50's musical genre. Perfect weeknight escapism.
Co-starring Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan and George Winslow. Directed by Howard Hawks.
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