August 20, 2007

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

The Zipster and I are enjoying the 1953 Howard Hawkes classic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe. Neither of us has seen it, and are enjoying it immensely.

Amusingly, the film has taken a feminist spin in recent years:
Feminist scholars made a stronger case for the film's progressive depiction of female friendship: "the absence of competitiveness, envy or pettiness" between Dorothy and Lorelei.....Perhaps most strikingly for contemporary feminists, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes can be said to draw a moral parallel between the motivations of women who pursue men for their money and men who pursue women for their beauty. St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture by Jeanne Hall
Jane and Marilyn are the bomb!


kerri said...

I feel so less dorky now for watching that last night. I love the scene of dancing and singing in the courtroom--I'm betting if that were to happen in real life, she would have been hauled out of there in about two seconds.

Jude said...

We were too busy laughing our asses off about the homoerotic poolside number with the olympic athletes.

We have the ultra-secret basic cable (costs $14 a month or something) - and when the comcast guy came by over the weekend to switch us over to digital voice / phone, we lost a bunch of channels we used to get (CNN / Fox News / VH1 / MTV) but we got AMC. So we are excited to have another movie channel....

Amusingly, I spent most of yesterday morning in a courtroom in Manchester. No singing and dancing, I am afraid, although entertaining on some level at times.