Blondes Have More Fun: Anita Loos and the Language of Silent Cinema

  title={Blondes Have More Fun: Anita Loos and the Language of Silent Cinema},
  author={L. Frost},
  pages={291 - 311}
  • L. Frost
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • Modernism/modernity
Alongside the well-known controversy about the coming of sound, the history of early cinema also includes a debate about titling: words printed on the silent screen. Anita Loos, a screenwriter and author of the best-selling 1925 novel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, developed a mode of writing in which literature and cinema unmoored the conventional relationship of the image to the word. Taken together, Loos’s titles and her novel show a cross-genre relationship of exchange that has the effect of… Expand
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