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Bim Adewunmi presents Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Curator’s Choice
Thu, Aug 22, 2019
  • 7PM
RUN TIME: 91min
MEMBERS: $12 (free for Level 3 and above)
+  Before the film, Bim Adewunmi will discuss how Gentlemen Prefer Blondes inspired her love of film.
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Thursday August 22, 2019
Performances no longer available.
Directed by Howard Hawks | 1953

With Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn

This monthly series brings a prominent artistic or cultural figure to BAM to discuss the film that inspired their passion for cinema, followed by a screening of the film.

Dorothy (Russell) is sailing to Europe with her best friend Lorelei (Monroe), whose fiancée promises her a line of credit in Paris—so long as she stays faithful en route. No matter Lorelei’s gold-digging tendencies and Dorothy’s yearning for a starving artist, the “intense Sapphic appeal” (Melissa Anderson, Artforum) between these two showgirls is where the real sparks fly. Maybe diamonds are a girl’s best friend; maybe a girl’s best friend is her lover. Either way, men count for little when Russell and Monroe share the screen.

Inspired by the Screen Epiphanies series at London's BFI Southbank

Curator’s Choice Screening  
BAM Members (Level 3 and above) enjoy free admission to Curator’s Choice Screenings, which pair selections from our internationally recognized film program with introductions or discussions by BAM Film programmers. To reserve your seats for this screening, log in and select up to two tickets. Your complementary discount will be applied at checkout.
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Bim Adewunmi

Bim Adewunmi is a journalist whose work was included in The Best American Magazine Writing 2018. She is also a playwright; her play Hoard was staged at the Arcola Theatre in London this past spring. She is currently a producer on This American Life and co-hosts the podcast Thirst Aid Kit.

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