• Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    Directed by Howard Hawks
    USA | 91 minutes | Special Event

In honor of her new book, Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes America, acclaimed author Karina Longworth will present a special screening of the Jane Russell classic, Gentleman Prefer Blondes. Expanding on her work from her immensely popular podcast, You Must Remember This, Longworth's book examines the roles of gender, sex and power in Hollywood's golden age through the lens of many woman pursued by Howard Hughes, including Russell herself. The screening will be preceded by an in-depth talk from Longworth and followed by a book signing.


January 10, 2019 4:00 PM Camelot Theatres (PS Cultural Center) Tickets not available
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film synopsis

Howard Hughes discovered Jane Russell and began promoting her as a new bombshell star in 1940, but the movie that really put her over the top didn't come along for 13 years - and it had nothing to do with Hughes. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the smash hit of the summer of 1953, starred Russell and Marilyn Monroe as showgirl best friends with opposite talents: Monroe's Lorelai demands diamonds in exchange for her total objectification by men, while Russell's Dorothy eschews gold-digging - instead, it's she who does the objectifying of men. The number Isn't Anyone Here For Love?, sung by Russell amid a bevy of male dancers playing the American Olympic team, reverses the typical dynamic of a Hollywood musical, in which a woman dressed to be ogled by men is depicted as the passive prisoner of the male gaze. Gentlemen would become the pinnacle of Russell's screen career, and the actress had a simple explanation for why: "It was the first time I played Jane Russell."

film details

Country: USA
Year: 1953
Running Time: 91 minutes
Language: English
Director: Howard Hawks
Primary Company: Twentieth Century Fox

guests in attendance

Seduction Author Karina Longworth

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