Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
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This film is satire right?
Highly satirical, yes.
@ facial expressions: That's called acting.
The movie that, in a one-two punch with Niagara, made Marilyn Munroe a star, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a glittering Technicolor musical comedy that had me grinning from ear to ear practically all the way through. Jane Russell and Marilyn play a cabaret double-act, best friends, and playing to type, Jane is the wise one, arching perfect eyebrows at the shenanigans, and Marilyn the naive dove who gets into trouble and needs to be bailed out. And despite those very clear traits, it's the streetwise girl who tends to fall for all the boys, and the dumb bunny who is very pragmatic about marrying rich. As the plot goes, her fiancé's father hires a private detective to prove she's un untrustworthy gold digger and hilarity ensues. I mean it, I laughed quite a lot, in particular at director Howard Hawkes managing to cram what, for 1953, is very saucy material - double entendres, flesh-colored swim trunks on the Olympic team Jane is collectively courting, and at one point the girls rip a man's pants off. At the very least, the movie has a place in film history for the oft-imitated "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" number. It's the harmless gold-digging comedy everyone should see. Delightful.
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This movie ranks #21 in François Truffaut's The Films in My Life
This movie ranks #30 in BFI's 100 Film Musicals
This movie ranks #87 in BBC's The 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time
This movie ranks #222 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #260 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #316 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #350 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #370 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #459 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #923 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films