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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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
Like Anna Magnani in Italy and Brigitte Bardot in France, Marilyn Monroe shined in every frame she was in. She was a real star and it's always a pleasure to see her in the thirty or so movies she took part in. In Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, she is radiant under Howard Hawks' direction. Masterpiece.
Classic musical from Hawks that plays to the best strengths of both its stars; Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. The story of a gold digger and her best friend is well told with memorable characterizations and song score. Is there anything more iconic in Monroe legend then her performance of 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend' in that sublime pink gown? Mind you it's Russell who has the naughty lines.
In the first half, I had a big stupid grin on my face. In the second half, I got sick to my stomach. A wonderful companion piece would be The Rules of the Game. The double feature would be entitled, "A night of the soulless bourgeoisie." The materialism that is present in every frame of the film tightens its grip on your throat until it breaks your neck at the end. Masterpiece.