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Blonde Venus Reviews

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rubystevens
Super Reviewer
½ December 15, 2010
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
Super Reviewer
½ September 3, 2010
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.
February 18, 2010
Beautifully photographed, excellent story. Marlene Dietrich is magnificent, she expresses so much in her face, a wonderful actress. Good supporting cast. Herbart Marshall, Hattie McDaniel and Sidney Toler are all exceptional. Wonderful production, excellent pacing.
August 27, 2015
This may not be the best Josef von Sternberg and Dietrich combination, but their "worse" is still worth a viewing or two. This film deserves more recognition than it gets, if only for the gorilla dance scene.
February 12, 2015
Pre-Code Dietrich is as good as it gets.
She's got a child in this one, but the movie doesn't suffer or become saccharine because of it. Going from destitute to the toast of Paris in a very short time is hard to buy, but other than that this is life, this is the real stuff. Von Sternberg was a genius.
½ February 12, 2014
It's mesmerizing to watch von Sternberg and Dietrich at work in this melodrama, and fun to watch both her and Cary Grant in early roles before they became household names and cinematic legends. One can't help but sense the parallel between this story (Helen giving up her family to be a star) and her real life, as von Sternberg told her to give up her family and life in Germany as he would take her to America and make her a star.
February 13, 2011
A melodrama with epic moments. Best is the "Hot Voodoo" number where Marlene transforms from a gorilla to a sexy african siren in 2 minutes flat! AMAZING! Plot a little trite and acting a bit stiff. Catch also the creepy sexual undertones between Marlene and her YOUNG son.
October 22, 2010
A Wonderfully directed movie. Some may be turned away by it's over dramatic and, at times, predicable nature. Wonderful imagery and imaginative light work. A universally photogenic film. My personal favorite from Sternberg.
February 18, 2010
Beautifully photographed, excellent story. Marlene Dietrich is magnificent, she expresses so much in her face, a wonderful actress. Good supporting cast. Herbart Marshall, Hattie McDaniel and Sidney Toler are all exceptional. Wonderful production, excellent pacing.
February 10, 2006
Josef von Sternberg (se le llena la boca a uno) llevó a la gran Marlene Dietrich al estrellato con [i]El ángel azul[/i] en 1930, y la década, o por lo menos la primera mitad, fue suya. El tándem hizo seis o siete pelis explotando el carisma de la Dietrich y la habilidad del director para dejar caer referencias sexuales sin romper directamente las directrices de la autocensura hollywoodiense. [i]La Venus rubia[/i] es quizá la más famosa, gracias a los numeritos musicales de la Dietrich vestida de mono primero y más tarde con frac y sombrero de copa claros. Pura historia del cine en movimiento. Eso sí, la historia es rarilla, medio melodrama medio huida hacia adelante: una madre y esposa devota tiene que retornar a los (inmorales) escenarios para ganar dinero con el que pagar el tratamiento de su marido, envenenado por las radiaciones de su trabajo. Cuando un potentado (Cary Grant, nada menos) se fija en ella, la pobre acepta su dinero, y en salvar al marido se le va la virtud. La cosa se complica cuando se descubre el pastel y la Dietrich coge al chiquillo y se da a la fuga. El resto ya lo verán ustedes si tienen oportunidad, que es muy largo de contar.

LADO BUENO: La Dietrich es una presencia tan imponente que no necesita más que aparecer para otorgar interés intrínseco a una película. Si encima le acompañan Herbert Marshall y un primerizo Cary Grant, miel sobre hojuelas. Una vez mencionados los célebres numeritos musicales ([i]Hot voodoo [/i]sobre todo), sólo queda aclarar que el guión, con todas las vueltas y revueltas que da para esquivar la censura y llevar a buen puerto la historia, queda algo forzado pero mantiene la emoción y la intriga.

LADO MALO: Ya sé que más de uno se ha dado cuenta, pero: ¡la Dietrich cantaba fatal! Claro que, siendo la Dietrich, todo se le perdona.

EN TRES (3) PALABRAS: Dietrich on top.
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