Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – 1953 – English
Film directed in 1953 by Howard Hawks, and starring Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Charles Coburn, Tommy Noonan, George Winslow, Elliott Reid, Taylor Holmes, Marcel Dalio, Norma Varden, Steven Geray, Kip Behar, Bess Flowers, Harold Miller, Ed Fury, Jean Del Val, Steve Carruthers, Chuck Hicks, Noel Neill, Ray Montgomery, Joe Ploski, Steve Reeves, Paul Cristo, Dick Wessel…
Synopsis: Lorelei and Dorothy are just «Two Little Girls from Little Rock», lounge singers on a transatlantic cruise, working their way to Paris, and enjoying the company of any eligible men they might meet along the way, even though «Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.» Based on the Broadway musical based on the novel.
Review: Imperishable like a diamond, sharp, stunning, priceless. The rough and tough Howard Hawks knew how to establish contact with his feminine side and when he did, wonderful things took place. «Gentlemen Prefer Blondes» is a perfect example of that. One of the rarest. The women, as made abundantly clear by Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, are divided in two very specific categories: blonds and brunettes. The blonds are always trying to find new places where to wear diamonds, the brunettes may fall for the wrong guy just because love gets in the way. The men are old rich predators, sneaky pros or children, no matter how old. The film goes by at an incredible pace and you can’t help but surrender to the charm, the beauty and the knowing innocence of this masterpiece.