Seminar: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was more than just a fluffy musical for its stars, Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell.

It was a sharp play from one of Hollywood's first staff screenwriters, Anita Loos, who had more than a few things to say about how society viewed and treated women. Join film critic Monica Castillo to take a look at the women behind Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the cultural and historical context in which the story is set, and focus on Loos's illustrious career from the Silent Era through Hollywood's Golden Age.

About the Speaker

Monica Castillo is a writer and features editor for CherryPicks, a site dedicated to women film critics and filmmakers. Her writing has appeared in The Washington PostThe New York TimesNBC NewsNPRRogerEbert.comElle Magazine, The Wrap, and The Boston Globe, among others. She completed her master's at the University of Southern California as the school's first film critic fellow.

About Coolidge Education Seminars

Want to learn more about some of your favorite classic films? Before select Big Screen Classics events register for the Coolidge Education seminar, which includes a 30 minute lecture before the film from an expert and a reserved seat at the screening of the film.