Matinee Thursdays: Blonde Venus
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.