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Matinee Thursdays: Blonde Venus


June 13, 2013

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Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall

Universal Pictures; Directed by Josef von Sternberg

Black and White; Not Rated; 97 minutes; 1932

One of the most popular Dietrich-Sternberg concoctions, BLONDE VENUS tells of a woman accepting money from a playboy to finance a treatment for her husband's terminal illness. When the husband misunderstands, she sets out on a journey across America. Highlights include Dietrich singing "Hot Voodoo" in an ape suit and a luminous New Orleans bordello sequence that matches anything Sternberg has shot.