Blonde Venus (1932)
Average Rating: 7.6/10
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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
Jan 1, 1932 Wide
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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.
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