Blonde Venus (1932)
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Struggling to pay her husband's medical expenses while raising a young son, a German nightclub performer's relationship with a rich womanizer prompts her mate to desert her until, years later when she is a star attraction, they are reunited and all is explained in this classic Marlene Dietrich melodrama.
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Critic Reviews for Blonde Venus
A disappointer. Much of the blame is to be laid at director Josef von Sternberg's doorstep.
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.
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.
Atmospheric and visually stimulating but Josef von Sternberg's morality tale is a little thin.
You'll not see many films superior to this in their use of visual detail, tempo, humour and double-edged significance.
Von Sternberg's paen to the pain of love in all its variations is so lovingly rendered that the shoestring story looks almost seamless.
von Sternberg puts forth a typically probing analysis of gender and exploitation that's uncomfortably close to home.
Classic Hollywood and classic Sternberg at their most preposterously outageous -- and at their most glorious.
Unfocussed and unevenly paced, Dietrich keeps this together while much that surrounds her flails rather awkwardly.
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 grantMore
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