Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Homebody Film Series: Gentlemen Prefer Blones

Sorry for the lag in posting, guys. I hope I haven't lost too many of you, but things have been at best, busy, at worst, craptastic. I'm settling into a new temp position while trying (failing?) to get my life in order.

The Homebody Film Series is a place for me to gush (or not) about the fabulous old movies I get to watch when I'm staying at home (my fabulous New York life can get rather expensive, but Netflix is only $9.98)

I finally, finally got to see Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. I love a good musical, on film or on Broadway, and this was a great one.

I have to say, I was disappointed in the choreography of the opening number, "Two Girls from Little Rock". The dance performance is boring and wooden, but luckily things pick up from there.

"Gentlemen" is a major Monroe vehicle, but I preferred Russell's character. The woman has balls (and I happen to prefer brunettes). I read up on the book and it's a much more tawdry affair, where Lorelei Lee is actually an escort, but in the movie, it's Dorothy who gets the chance to frankly express sexual desire in "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love". Odd, seeing as how Marilyn's character was the gold digger and in real life, she was as famous f or her movies as her affairs. It's a fantastic number, but the flesh-colored short shorts are kind of ugly.

The movie goes on to a classic Hollywood ending, even after the cynical "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" (such decadence; I wish that's how my life was)

but I was left wondering why it was called "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"?

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