The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Monroe sparkles as the eternally blonde showgirl Lorelei Lee alongside Jane Russell as her sharp-witted brunette best friend. The two form “a pair of cartoon gold diggers” (J. Hoberman) in Hawks’ effervescent musical comedy, based on the novel and stage musical written by Anita Loos. Monroe’s comic prowess is in excellent form in this fancifully escapist narrative, bolstered by bright Technicolor, iconic costume design by William Travilla and a delightful score (including 'Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend'). With Charles Coburn as a loveable millionaire.
Also screening on Wed 12 April
Return Fire: Marilyn Monroe, actor and icon
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) – Wed 12 April, 7pm
Clash by Night (1952) – Wed 12 April, 8.50pm
The Misfits (1961) – Wed 19 April, 7pm
Don't Bother to Knock (1952) – Wed 19 April, 9.20pm
Monkey Business (1952) – Wed 26 April, 7pm
Bus Stop (1956) – Wed 26 April, 8.50pm
About the program
Marilyn Monroe's (1926–62) image, as the personification of Hollywood glamour, beauty and desirability, is perhaps the most iconic in popular culture...
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Australia's longest-running film society, Melbourne Cinémathèque screens significant works of international cinema in the medium they were created, the way they would have originally screened.
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