Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Shot-for-salivating-shot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes boasts the highest “wow” quotient of anything in the formidably ecstatic Marilyn Monroe oeuvre. The 1953 movie, directed by Howard Hawks, opens with an edible MM and full-figured gal pal Jane Russell bursting onto the screen in skin-tight, feather-hatted, red-sequined regalia like a couple of carnivorous cake toppings. It eventually ogles its way through not only the now legendary “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Friend” routine but an audacious “Ain’t There Anyone Here for Love” number, where Russell offers to take on the entire U.S. Men’s Olympic Team. (Yet they ignore her in favor of choreographed calisthenics in nude-colored shorts—again, wow.) Call for showtimes. (G) STEVE WIECKING

Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2011

 
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