Monday, August 22, 2011

18. "Ain't There Anyone Here For Love" from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Because it's just about the strangest thing to ever emerge from the annals of classic Hollywood.

If you've watched the clip - or are already familiar with the movie, which is worth every ounce of its reputation - then there's nothing much I can say as a follow up.  Your take on it may vary based on gender or orientation, but I find it interesting how sterile the field of flesh constantly on screen feels, whereas Jane Russell's sexual magnetism is untouchable (and her costar is Marilyn Monroe!).  That she navigates the gymnasium in such a blasé fashion is kind of the point, but it's almost a feat in itself how mechanical Howard Hawks managed to make the athletes.  Russell is easily the life of the most bizarre party ever held on a studio lot.  Ok, so probably no where near the most bizarre, but if you happen to hear about these parties, please pass along the info.

Mostly, I'm just impresses that this exists.  I believe this was a song created specifically for the film, which had been a stage musical beforehand, but doesn't seem to use most of the original music.  Anyway, I don't know who thunk this one up, but it belongs to the ages now, and over 50 years later, it still has the power to raise a few eyebrows.

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