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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (VOSTF)
Main screening room
July 5th, 2021
91 min

Our summer cycle will be festive or not. Sound and image, song and dance, instrument and breathing, strings and gestures: so many possible combinations to express what cinema and music can achieve and express together. Musicals, concert films, catchy music. Jazz, classical, contemporary, disco, punk... Revolt and enchantment, distress and emphasis, joy and rhythm, melancholy and bass, laughter and stridency: diverse expressions characterizing cinema and music's historical alliance, will definitely make us fly, dream, dance!

From the 30's to the present day and across all possible genres, this cycle aims to open our minds at a time when we most need it. The first week of July will be an eventful one, as the cycle will open with several evenings in cabaret mode, where we will present for the first time concert films produced in Quebec during the confinement, with the participation of major artists of the current music scene: Klô Pelgag, Marie Davidson and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Directed by
Howard Hawks
English with french subtitles
Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn
91 min
Comedy, musical

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.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Howard Hawks

Born into a family of industrialists, Howard Hawks made his debut in Hollywood as a prop maker following a chance meeting with Victor Fleming during a car race. After a hiatus as an Air Force instructor during World War I, he returned to the movies as soon as he could. After working as a screenwriter, he switched to directing in the mid-1920s and successfully made the transition from silent to talkies, including detective films and aviation stories based on his own experience. From the 1930s to the 1960s, Hawks seized the typical genres of Hollywood cinema to sign some of the most representative masterpieces: including the gangster film (Scarface), screwball comedy (Bringing Up Baby), film noir (The Big Sleep), the musical (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) or the western (Rio Bravo).


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is bubbly and smart, just like Marilyn Monroe

Even if you’ve never seen Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, it’d be nearly impossible not to be familiar with its big 11 o’clock number, “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.” Marilyn Monroe’s exuberant ode to gold-digging has been homaged, reimagined, and satirized by everyone from Madonna to Moulin Rouge! to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It’s one of the most iconic moments of Monroe’s career—rivaled for the top spot only by her blowing white dress from The Seven Year Itch...

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