Facsimile Podcast #25: The Act of Seeing
Series 1, Episode #7: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
(Anita Loos; 1925/Howard Hawks; 1953)
This week on The Act of Seeing . . .
A long, yet amusing introduction precedes the first edition of our series Memos from Purgatory . . . Tom and Stuart geek out over Anita Loos' 1925 novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes . . . Lorelei Lee in the real world . . . Unconventional genius . . . The value of intellect and refinement in American life . . . The Thought Experiment . . . Momentum and musicality . . . The Hollywood ending . . . Our hosts transition into a discussion of Howard Hawks' 1953 screen Musical . . . Unrelenting fantasy . . . Hawks vs. Tashlin . . . A cosmology of losers . . . Marilyn Monroe & Lorelei Lee . . . The Screwball stuff . . . A satisfying adaptation . . . Placing it in the Musical constellation . . . The program concludes