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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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Bryan McDonnell

on 1 August 2013

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Transcript of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Project by Ngoc Nguyen, Bryan McDonnell, Nate Lubick, Chloe Nalbantian, Joe Napier
"Well I don't know about you, Gus, but I always sorta figured Lorelei would end up with [blank]."
"Don't you know he can't be left alone in the same city with that [blank]?"
"Nobody [blank]s the [blank]. That's why I'm right for this job."
"I'll help you for two reasons . . .
The first reason is I'm too young to be sent to jail.
The second reason is you've got a lot of [blank]."
"If we can't empty a man's pocket in [blank#1], then we're not worthy of the name [blank #2]."
"Remember, honey, on your wedding day, it's alright to say [blank]."
GAME
"Well I don't know about you, Gus, but I always sorta figured Lorelei would end up with the Secretary of the Treasury ."
"I'll help you for two reasons . . .
The first reason is I'm too young to be sent to jail.
The second reason is you've got a lot of animal magnetism."
"Nobody chaperones the chaperone. That's why I'm right for this job."
"Don't you know he can't be left alone in the same city with that blonde man-trap?"
"If we can't empty a man's pocket in 2 minutes, then we're not worthy of the name Woman."
"Remember, honey, on your wedding day, it's alright to say yes."
INVERSION
ANIMALS
"May I present Sir Francis Beakman . . . A pigeon if there ever was one. Note the blood ruby red eyes."
Sir Francis "Piggy" Beakman
"I'll help you for two reasons . . .
The first reason is I'm too young to be sent to jail.
The second reason is you've got a lot of animal magnetism."
"Piggy was telling me . . . a python can grab a goat and kill it by just squeezing it to death."
"Piggy was being the python and I was a goat."
Keyword
Discussion

Close Reading
Friendship
Materialism
Opportunism
Music
Lorelei
Through the traditional male-gaze, she seems:
- Blonde
- Beautiful
- Unintelligent
- Naive/ Innocent

Through her interactions with Dorothy:
- Realistic
- Distrust in men
- Wants security
- Independent
- Strong
- Smart
- Gold digger
- Materialistic
Dorothy:
Through the traditional male-gaze, she seems:
- Strong
- Independent
- Smart
- Outspoken
- Lustful
Through her interactions with Lorelei:
- Traditional (in her quest for love)
- Fragile
- Loyal/ Faithful

- Do these two characters complement or contradict each other?
- How would you characterize their relationship/ friendship?
- In what ways does the musical aspect drive the various motifs of the film?

- What do you think of the Busby Berkley references, in jest or seriously?
- What role does materialism play in the film, and what does this say about gender/ femininity?

- What is it that makes Lorelei (at first) refuse to give back the tiara, despite knowing that she could potentially face legal trouble? What is her "safety blanket?"
- Do you think Dorothy is just shallow/opportunistic or does she have a good heart?
- What is it about diamonds that means so much to people?
--Are they inherently opportunisitc?
What do the animal metaphors add to the film's portrayal of wealth and the wealthy?
What do the animal metaphors add to the film's portrayal of wealth and the wealthy?
What do the animal metaphors add to film's portrayal of sex and attraction?
What do the animal metaphors add to film's portrayal of sex and attraction?
- How does the inversion of traditional cinematic gender roles in this film affect the plot, its audience's reactions, and the concepts of power and dominancy?
- Are the powerful recognizable to everyone in the film?
-- Do the powerful know they're powerful?
- Does the secretive manipulation, in some way, undermine the value of power, or does it enhance the value of power?
-- Is it significant?
1953
"Pre-text and Text in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"
- What did you think about this article?
- From a male perspective, do you agree with the claim in this essay that ultimately, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" is a feminist text?
-- From a female perspective?
- Do you think the strong friendship between Lorelei and Dorothy is crucial to the enjoyment of the film?
by Lucie Arbuthnot and Gail Seneca
- How does Lorelei use her powers of persuasion and sexuality to achieve her goals
-- Furthermore, is it necessarily bad to be an opportunist?
"He finds it very hard to say no to me"
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