Blonde Venus Reviews

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August 18, 2020
Wacky and perfect for its delectable oddness, Blonde Venus is terrifically entertaining, particularly in providing Dietrich with some of her campiest moments.
April 10, 2020
While the theme is often dreary, and in spots almost objectionable as far as we could see It makes "swell" entertainment -- and is acted all the way through up to the hilt.
April 10, 2020
If you like art In your screen entertainment, you'll like The Blonde Venus immensely. You'll want to see more pictures from Josef von Sternberg, and you'll appreciate the talents of German artists all the more.
April 10, 2020
Blonde Venus gives the impression constantly that the director (Josef von Sternberg) has been placed in the embarrassing position of a man who has been asked to squeeze a quart of liquid into a pint pot.
April 10, 2020
[Blonde Venus] is redeemed by the fine acting of Marlene Dietrich.
February 28, 2020
The story is well told: the expressive camera in the pathetic drama of the film. A complete success. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 5, 2019
There is no possible excuse for Blonde Venus, except that it supports the incredibly accurate prediction made in this department some months ago that Marlene Dietrich was due to explode with a loud hollow pop.
August 6, 2018
its framing of conventional melodramatic narrative beats with excessive visual style doesn't always work, making it feel at times like a fractured work, one with two personalities working against each other.
July 30, 2018
Sudsy, but where else will you see Dietrich singing "Hot Voodoo" while initially wearing a gorilla costume and then a white afro?
July 18, 2014
Atmospheric and visually stimulating but Josef von Sternberg's morality tale is a little thin.
July 18, 2014
You'll not see many films superior to this in their use of visual detail, tempo, humour and double-edged significance.
July 18, 2014
Von Sternberg's paen to the pain of love in all its variations is so lovingly rendered that the shoestring story looks almost seamless.
June 25, 2011
Dreary Marlene Dietrich vehicle.
August 24, 2010
von Sternberg puts forth a typically probing analysis of gender and exploitation that's uncomfortably close to home.
March 26, 2009
A disappointer. Much of the blame is to be laid at director Josef von Sternberg's doorstep.
February 9, 2006
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.
January 28, 2006
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 rle.
July 6, 2005
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October 19, 2003
Classic Hollywood and classic Sternberg at their most preposterously outageous -- and at their most glorious.
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