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Blond Venus (1932)
What could she do but flee from love? She loved two men at once!
Drama

American chemist Ned Faraday marries a German entertainer and starts a family. However, he becomes poisoned with Radium and needs an expensive treatment in Germany to have any chance at being cured. Wife Helen returns to night club work to attempt to raise the money and becomes popular as the Blonde Venus. In an effort to get enough money sooner, she prostitutes herself to millionaire Nick Townsend.

Blond Venus (1932)

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There are better von Sternberg Dietrich projects. The only charm of this one is the America situation.

I never got the charm of Dietrich, and if you didn’t, you’ll find this empty. It has three stage performances by our blond Venus.

The first of these is pretty obnoxiously strange. The chorus line is thin white girls with blackened skin and Africa face paint. Afro wigs. They gyrate in a weak emulation of Josephine Baker. They thump around a gorilla. After a bit our blond seductress emerges from the gorilla suit and dons a blond Afro wig.

It is both passionless and revolting. The whole picture is a bit of both, passionless in a direct way reflecting that continental nonchalant tone which later became beat. Revolting that such a story would be assumed to matter to us.

Posted in 2006

Ted’s Evaluation — 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

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