U.S., 1953, 91 min, DCP, Dir. Howard Hawks, Not Rated, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Thursday, June 1
"One of the most charming, entertaining musicals of the 1950s." –David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"This production is enriched with lavishness and Technicolor and everything to make it glittering for the eye." –Edwin Schaller, Los Angeles Times
Lorelei, a bubbly blonde with a penchant for diamonds, is determined to marry a wealthy man and secure her financial future, while Dorothy is more interested in having a good time and finding love. Along the way, the two women encounter a series of zany characters, including a private detective hired by Lorelei's fiancé's father to spy on her, a wealthy playboy, and a group of Olympic athletes.
As they navigate their way through the romantic entanglements and comedic mishaps, Lorelei and Dorothy sing and dance their way through a number of memorable musical numbers, including the iconic Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend and Two Little Girls from Little Rock.
Monroe's performance as Lorelei Lee catapulted her to stardom, cementing her status as a Hollywood icon. Her rendition of Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend became one of the most iconic musical moments in film history.
The film was a critical and commercial success, receiving praise for its dazzling Technicolor cinematography, catchy musical numbers, and the chemistry between Monroe and Russell. It has since become a beloved classic and a cultural touchstone, inspiring countless homages and parodies over the years.
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