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3.6
1,766 Ratings

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Directed by Howard Hawks
United States, 1953
Musical, Comedy, Romance

Synopsis

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.

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Directed by Howard Hawks
Movies are what you see, or perhaps what you want to see, and queer film readings have always depended on such wishful viewing. As an image of potential same-sex coupling, the end of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is highly symbolic, but once that symbol has revealed itself to you, it’s also impossible to un-see. And who’d want to? Within the vernacular of coded Hollywood filmmaking, it’s a true marriage of equals.
July 04, 2018
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It serves as a testament to Hawks’s pliancy that the film which exhibits the least of his auteurist signatures is also one of his greatest. In this glorious paean to female desire, Hawks sticks with tight compositions and consistent two-shots, dispensing his trademark hang-out quality in favor of showcasing the three standout tools at Hawks’s disposal: Jack Cole’s choreography, Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell’s comedic chops, and Technicolor.
January 27, 2016
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What I want to address here is how Gentlemen Prefer Blondes approaches what Alfred Hitchcock called “pure cinema,” the conveyance of meaning through the harmonious interplay of all aspects of filmmaking. The presentation of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in front of single-tone backdrops is one example of this. Against the bold color, they seem, literally, like jewels, and this underscores the Monroe character’s materialism as well as the overpowering charisma of both women.
June 23, 2014
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