GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953): Costume Design – Marilyn Monroe And Jane Russell’s Stunning outfits…

This post was always going to happen. Particularly since my review of director Howard Hawks’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes revealed William Travilla’s unforgettable costume design as a major highlight. As such, I hope you enjoy the below images at least half as much as I do.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox

Lilac magic.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox

Leopard print gorgeousness.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Elliott Reid, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Elliott Reid, Twentieth Century Fox

Wow!

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox

Double wow!

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox

A shot from the film footage that had me compelled to find out who these two characters were, and why.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox

The famous ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend number. Just ask Madonna, Lady Gaga and Margot Robbie.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox

Hello brown!

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox

From the opening dance number.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox

Just after the opening dance number.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox

Yellow roses with gold detail, for your memories.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox

The coolest blue, red, yellow and black have ever looked together? Possibly.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox

Wow.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox

Who said ‘blue and green must never be seen?’

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox

The most memorable double wedding look in film history, probably.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox

Of course, there’s no celebration of the costume design of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes without featuring the famous gold lamé dress. A creation that was deemed so risqué for the time period, that in the movie, it’s only shown from the back, and what a beautiful shot it is.

Did I miss out your favourite look?

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)


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SUMMERLAND (2020): New Trailer Starring Gemma Aterton, Penelope Wilton, GUGU MBATHA-RAW, Tom Courtenay…

Summerland (2020), Gemma Aterton
Summerland (2020), Gemma Aterton, IFC Films

Summerland stars Gemma Aterton as Alice, a reclusive writer living on the seaside cliffs of Southern England during World War II. Alice’s life is unexpectedly changed after meeting Frank, a young boy she reluctantly takes in after he’s evacuated from London.

Written / directed by Jessica Swale; additional key cast includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilton and Tom Courtenay.

I’m drawn to this one for young Frank’s journey; from feeling unwanted and being all alone to finding the perfect new home.

Another draw is the little hints of humour and the musical score.

Amanda Root, Siân Phillips, Dixie Egerickx, Amanda Lawrence, Sally Scott, Jessica Gunning, David Horovitch, Karl Farrer and Toby Osmond also star.

Summerland Release Dates: July 24th, 2020 (UK); July 31st, 2020 (US)…

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SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL (2020): The Things I Liked…

Spenser Confidential (2020), Mark Wahlberg, Netflix
Spenser Confidential (2020), Mark Wahlberg, Netflix

Spenser Confidential isn’t a perfect movie, but it is a fun action/comedy with some well-executed standout scenes.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Winston Duke, Iliza Shlesinger and Alan Arkin; director Peter Berg’s story about an ex-felon who takes on Boston’s criminal underworld to solve a twisted murder conspiracy, may have a dip in pace near the beginning. It may also feel as though at least one specific aspect of the story comes across aa tad contrived. But overall, there’s enough humour, action and well-executed scenes to make Spenser Confidential more fun than not.

My favourite line in the whole film is ‘Don’t play with me right now, Ok? Give me the cloud.’ I promise it’s more amusing in context, which I haven’t provided here as that would spoil it.

In terms of the most memorable scenes, The first one take takes place at a Mexican restaurant, while the other involves much of what happens at ‘Wonderland’ towards the end.

Watch Spenser Confidential if you’re curious and for a central mystery that you’ll want to see solved.

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BE WATER (2020): New Trailer For Documentary About Bruce Lee…

Be Water (2020), Bruce Lee
Be Water (2020), Bruce Lee

Charting his struggles in two worlds, Be Water is a new documentary about Hong Kong American actor, director, martial artist and philosopher Bruce Lee, after he was rejected by Hollywood and returned to Hong Kong to complete four films.

Directed by Bao Nguyen, Be Water explores questions of identity and representation, through archive footage, intimate interviews, and Lee’s own writings.

I haven’t watched many martial arts movies; well, except Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker’s Rush Hour action/comedies. Yet, I never needed to in order for me to be aware of Bruce Lee.

Lee is after all one of the major cultural icons of the twentieth century, and my brother has been a fan ever since his first Bruce Lee movie.

Be shapeless, formless, like water‘ is one of Lee’s most famous quotes. I look forward to finding out the ways in which he applied ‘be water’ and other philosophies in his unfortunately short life.

Be Water Release Dates: June 7th, 2020 (US)…

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GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953): The Things I Liked…

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Elliott Reid, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Elliott Reid, Twentieth Century Fox

Watching movies that were made long before the 90s and 80s isn’t something I do very often. Yet, recently I came across film footage of Hollywood icons Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe. Two ladies who were looking incredibly stunning while walking together.

A few Google searches later, and there I was watching director Howard Hawks’s 1953 comedy/musical classic, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. A fun movie in which Monroe and Russell play two showgirls named Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw. The ladies are two best friends who happen to be stunning. So stunning in fact that I would have fit right in among the admires Lorelei and Dorothy attracted everywhere they went in Hawks’s film. Fans including a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei’s fiancé, and a rich, enamoured old man, among many others.

I see Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as a movie that fits into the ‘perfectly pleasant, easy viewing’ category. There’s some mild to moderately amusing humour, the story moves along at a good pace, and visually, there’s much to enjoy; whether you’re taking in the production design or the very beautifully created costumes by Travilla.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox

As someone who’s near enough always been aware of Monroe’s iconic status, it wasn’t until this movie that I finally understood. To put it in no uncertain terms, the lady is so incredibly magnetic, that I have to wonder whether a camera has ever loved a person more. Travilla’s costumes, Ben Nye’s makeup and the skills of those in charge of hair certainly helped, but of course, there’s a lot more to that special magnetism than the beautiful shell.

My favourite thing about Gentlemen Prefer Blondes? Two things. Firstly, the touching friendship between Lorelei and Dorothy. Secondly, all the stunning fashion! Watch it for the fashion. The story is pleasant enough – but THE FASHION!

One more thing. Here’s the link to the film footage that got me here – in case you’re curious. You see?

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LENOX HILL (2020): New Trailer For Documentary About The lives Of Medical Professionals At Lenox Hill Hospital New York City

Lenox Hill (2020), Netflix
Lenox Hill (2020), Netflix

Lenox Hill is a new documentary about the lives of four doctors – two brain surgeons, an emergency room physician, and a Chief Resident OBGYN – as they navigate the ups and downs of working at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Featured medical professionals include David Langer, MD – chair of neurosurgery and doctor John Boockvar, vice chair of the same department.

It looks as though this was filmed before New York City’s Covid 19 lockdown.

Either way, I’m interested to learn more abut the lives and experiences of medical professionals. After all, Grey’s Anatomy definitely isn’t happening right now, and shows like this are really good for reminding me to practice gratitude.

Will you be watching Lenox Hill?

Lenox Hill Release Dates: June 10th, 2020 (US)/ Netflix…

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INFAMOUS (2020): New Trailer Starring Bella Thorne, Jake Manley, Amber Riley…

Infamous (2020), Bella Thorne, Vertical Entertainment US
Infamous (2020), Bella Thorne, Vertical Entertainment US

New crime/drama Infamous stars Bella Thorne and Jake Manley as two young lovers who rob their way across the southland, all while posting their exploits to social media.

Written/directed by Joshua Caldwell; additional key cast includes Amber Riley, Billy Blair and Marisa Coughlan.

A modern day Bonnie and Clyde, perhaps?

I’m hoping that this will be an interesting and well-executed take on the so-called ‘fame hungry youth.’ Specifically the kind with a drive to become famous at any cost.

Robert Peters, Michael Sirow, Paul T. Taylor, Kyle Jacob Henry, Todd Jenkins, Jennifer Rader and Joey Oglesby also star.

Infamous Release Dates: June 12th, 2020 (US)…

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MIDSOMMAR (2019): The Things I Liked

Midsommar (2019), Florence Pugh, A24
Midsommar (2019), Florence Pugh, A24

I wanted to watch Midsommar because it came recommended by many. I needed to watch Midsommar because the murals in the very intriguing trailer looked great. I had to watch Midsommar because of its young, talented cast, mainly Florence Pugh and Will Poulter.

Now that I’ve finally seen Midsommar, what I really wouldn’t have done is watch Midsommar; had I remembered that it is, in fact, a horror film.

For those who might be thinking ’How could you not have known?’ Well, in my defence, the trailer I initially saw didn’t scream ‘scary movie,’ and neither did the synopsis, at first.

The original synopsis said something along the lines of ‘Things start to go awry on a summer trip after a young woman reluctantly caves in and goes along with her boyfriend’. Now, doesn’t this sound more like ‘relationship woes’ than ‘increasingly violent and bizarre competition involving a Pagan cult?’

The things that impressed me most about director Ari Aster’s film, in addition to the performances include the story and tension. There’s also the sense of dread and the general unease that never seems to leave, but instead expertly builds and builds until the very dark and scary end. There’s also the memorable vulnerability and intensity in the way the opening scenes are captured.

The main thing I wish wasn’t quite so is how long it took for things to unfold at specific points. For example, approximately fifty minutes in, there’s a ceremony that went on for eternity, before a scary revelation happened. I also found it irksome to watch several of the characters make some extremely poor decisions; the kind that went against every single one of my survival instincts.

For everyone who isn’t a horror fan, including the version of me before watching this movie, ‘Stop right there!’ For the rest of you, enjoy!

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