In a perfect world, the movie would just be called How to Become a Millionaire Through Your Own Business Savvy and Inherent Capability. But this was 1953, right in the darkest days of women’s postwar power struggle, so you’ve got to support the ladies of How to Marry a Millionaire for manipulating every tool at their disposal (sex, great hair, Dior ensembles) in order to improve their lot in life. Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, and Betty Grable are the original New York bachelorettes in Jean Negulesco’s romantic comedy. The women score a Manhattan penthouse and make a pact to seduce the city’s most eligible. Of course they are duped over and over, but the indomitable glamour of the three mega-stars ensures that they never look anything less than fabulous, even as they slip up. See it tonight as part of the French Institute’s “Haute Couture on Film” series.
Tue., May 12, 4 & 7:30 p.m., 2015