GentlemanpreferblondesFrom silent stars such as sassy-dame Phyllis Haver and cute comedienne Marion Davies to ice queen Kim Novak and sex-bomb Marilyn Monroe – iconic blondes have dominated Hollywood from the very beginning. The Birds Eye View Film Festival in London now celebrates film history’s outstanding fair-haired ladies with a  retrospective.

Blondes have always  fuelled Hollywood’s wildest fantasies. As ice-cool killers and emotionless femme fatales they were the embodiment of the dangerous, highly sexual vamp. Ditsy, dumb and childish they perfectly fitted into the mould of silly little woman. And vulernable and lost they populated Hitchcock’s thrillers.

Throughout March, the blonde in early silent and classic Hollywood cinema will be explored in a season of cliché-busting performances from blonde beauties in partnership with the BFI Southbank. Highlights range from ballsy comedienne Marion Davies in early silent film The Patsy to sex goddess Marilyn Monroe in a special digitally restored nationwide theatrical release of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct.

Blonde Crazy Season
Birds Eye View
BFI Southbank, London
1 – 17 March

Birds eye view film festival (for women filmmakers) runs 4 – 12 March, check for details