The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will present three classic Hollywood films as part of its Iconic Blonde Film Festival Dec. 4 to 6.
Held in conjunction with the exhibition Beauty and the Blonde: An Exploration of American Art and Popular Culture, the festival will feature screenings of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Dec. 4), Vertigo (Dec. 5) and Bonnie and Clyde (Dec. 6).
All screenings are free and open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd.
Beauty and the Blonde — the first museum show to investigate the strategic use of the blonde in contemporary art — remains on view at the Kemper Art Museum through Jan. 28. The museum is located on the campus of Washington University, near the intersection of Skinker and Forsyth boulevards. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The museum is closed Tuesdays.
For more information about the film festival or the exhibition, call (314) 935-4523 or visit kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Directed by Howard Hawks
Based on the 1925 novel by Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes stars Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell as Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw, a pair of showgirls and best friends who set sail for Paris. Lorelei intends to marry Gus Esmond (Tommy Noonan), an eligible millionaire, but soon finds herself tracked by the private detective Malone (Elliot Reid), who was hired by Gus’ father (Taylor Holmes) to ascertain whether Lorelei is simply a gold-digger. The film includes Monroe’s signature song, “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”
7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Kim Novak and James Stewart star in this psychological thriller about love, obsession and illusion. Stewart plays John “Scottie” Ferguson, a San Francisco police detective who retires after a traumatic experience leaves him with a fear of heights. Ferguson is soon hired by an old acquaintance to follow his suicidal wife, Madeline (played by Novak), but is unable to save her from falling to her death. Yet in the aftermath, Ferguson becomes fixated on another woman, Judy, who bears an eerie resemblance to Madeline.
7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Directed by Arthur Penn
A landmark of post-war American cinema, Bonnie and Clyde stars Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty as the infamous outlaw couple, whose exploits in the Depression-era southwest achieved semi-mythic status. The film was both celebrated and criticized for its quick shifts in mood and tone, moving abruptly from graphic violence to screwball comedy, yet its romantic, rebellious anti-heroes became icons of 1960’s counterculture and helped set the stage for Hollywood’s resurgence in the following decade.
MILDRED LANE KEMPER ART MUSEUM
The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, part of Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, is committed to furthering critical thinking and visual literacy through a vital program of exhibitions, publications and accompanying events. The museum dates back to 1881, making it the oldest art museum west of the Mississippi River. Today it boasts one of the finest university collections in the United States.
WHO: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
WHAT: Iconic Blonde Film Festival
WHEN: 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 5 and 6
WHERE: Tivoli Theater, 6350 Delmar Blvd.
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: (314) 935-4523 or kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu