Movies are what you see, or perhaps what you want to see, and queer film readings have always depended on such wishful viewing. As an image of potential same-sex coupling, the end of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is highly symbolic, but once that symbol has revealed itself to you, it’s also impossible to un-see. And who’d want to? Within the vernacular of coded Hollywood filmmaking, it’s a true marriage of equals.
July 04, 2018