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Blonde Venus (1932)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Marlene Dietrich stars as Helen Faraday, a German cabaret singer in the States whose husband, Ned, falls ill and his only hope is to receive expensive medical treatment at a clinic in Europe. Struggling to afford his care and to support their son Johnny, she works at a nightclub and succumbs to the advances of wealthy playboy Nick, whose gifts assist in her husband's recovery. Soon Ned recovers and returns, but when he discovers that Helen has been unfaithful, he divorces her, threatening to

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Drama, Romance

Jules Furthman, S.K. Lauren

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (6) | DVD (2)

A disappointer. Much of the blame is to be laid at director Josef von Sternberg's doorstep.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The film is certainly a mess at one level, with damaging fluctuations in tone and pace, and some ropey supporting performances, but it remains enough of a visual triumph to earn its place in the series of Dietrich movies.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A muddled, unimaginative and generally hapless piece of work, relieved somewhat by the talent and charm of the German actress and Herbert Marshall's valiant work in a thankless rôle.

January 28, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Even Josef von Sternberg had his off days.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Atmospheric and visually stimulating but Josef von Sternberg's morality tale is a little thin.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

You'll not see many films superior to this in their use of visual detail, tempo, humour and double-edged significance.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Von Sternberg's paen to the pain of love in all its variations is so lovingly rendered that the shoestring story looks almost seamless.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Dreary Marlene Dietrich vehicle.

June 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

von Sternberg puts forth a typically probing analysis of gender and exploitation that's uncomfortably close to home.

August 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Classic Hollywood and classic Sternberg at their most preposterously outageous -- and at their most glorious.

October 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Unfocussed and unevenly paced, Dietrich keeps this together while much that surrounds her flails rather awkwardly.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Audience Reviews for Blonde Venus

one of the odder dietrich/sternberg collaborations, this one juxtaposes the decadent high life against comfortable domesticity. i personally take issue with the choice she made haha. includes the famous gorilla suit number and cary grant
November 15, 2012
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Stella Dallas

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I didn't get this movie. If people would have taken more time to discuss their problems the story would have been a lot different. It was just stupid to me, but the acting was good, so I didn't rate it so low.
September 3, 2010
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