Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) and Dorothy (Jane Russell) are just "Two Little Girls from Little Rock”—lounge singers on a transatlantic cruise, working their way to Paris while enjoying the company of any eligible men they might meet along the way. Russell’s flat sarcasm and Monroe’s social-climber put-on make them a delightful team (and Monroe’s performance underlines her brilliant control as a comic performer). The famous musical numbers dazzle with rich colors and wink-wink lyrics, but underneath there’s also a touching tale of friendship tested and Hawks’s clever take on gender politics. —Film Society of Lincoln Center
Although John Ford—his friend, contemporary, and the director arguably closest to him in terms of his talent and output—told him that it was he, and not Ford, who should have won the 1941 Best Director Academy Award (for Sergeant York (1941)), the great Hawks never won an Oscar in competition and was nominated for Best Director only that one time, despite making some of the best films in the Hollywood canon. The Academy eventually made up for the oversight in 1974 by voting him an honorary Academy Award, in the midst of a two-decade-long critical revival that has gone on for yet another two decades. To many cineastes, Howard Hawks is one of the faces of American film and would be carved on any film pantheon’s Mt. Rushmore honoring America’s greatest directors, beside his friend Ford and Orson Welles (the other great director who Ford beat out for the 1941 Oscar). It took the French “Cahiers du Cinema” critics to teach America to appreciate one of its own masters, and it was… read more
Goddamn, this took me by surprise. I did not expect to be so blown away by this wonderful musical. Both Monroe and Russell are brilliant and the songs are great fun. Hawks could take any genre and do something unique and different with it, the man was a genius. Highly recommended.
subversive masterpiece...the women are in complete control and the men they manipulate are all greedy idiots; their relationship with each other is always put above whatever attachments they form with men. lorelei even shows some jealousy when dorothy expresses interest in men. the sly dialogue, the colors, the costuming, staging of the musical #s...it's all loaded with critique on the commodification of women
The comic tragedy (or is it tragic comedy?) of Marilyn Monroe’s acting.
"Jane Russell, the dark-haired siren whose sensational debut in the 1943 film The Outlaw inspired producer Howard Hughes to challenge the
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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) isn't my favorite Howard Hawks film, musical, Marilyn Monroe picture, or use of Technicolor, but watching it
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Title: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Language: English, French
Genre: Musical, Comedy
Director: Howard Hawks
Joseph Fields… read review