Why I love Jane Russell’s performance in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Russell captures Monroe’s bimbo act with love and humour, retaining Dorothy’s solid presence and sharp-tongued essence in celebration of her iconic screen partner. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes soars on Monroe and Russell’s perfectly matched double act, and Dorothy’s sharpest retorts and lusty pursuits require Lorelei’s often oblivious set-up. By the time Gentlemen Prefer Blondes came out, Russell was an established sex symbol, Howard Hughes famously plastering her cleavage all over the marketing for her first film The Outlaw. She even breaks into a bawdier, belted rendition of ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s…

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Published 20 Jun 2021 Share this This intimacy is entirely indebted to Koleśnik’s quietly powerful, physically intuitive performance. Interactions with fitness partner Klaudiusz (Julian Świeżewski) and her mother (Aleksandra Konieczna) play out with a strikingly tragic hollowness. We meet Sylwia Zając (Magdalena Koleśnik) in a Warsaw shopping centre, the camera bouncing to keep up with the energetic pace of the workout class she’s conducting. With a beaming white smile, perfectly tamed ponytail, and peppy persona, she is algorithmically perfect. Share this Share this Magnus von Horn’s character study of a…