Essential Cinema: Dietrich/Sternberg in Hollywood


Directed by Josef von Sternberg

USA, 1932, 1h 34min, DCP

Essential Cinema  Dietrich/Sternberg in Hollywood

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“If BLONDE VENUS is essentially a one-woman show, it is still one of the best examples of the genre… by the end she has managed to move the audience with with an uncompromising affirmation of her fearless femaleness…” – Andrew Sarris

“Testifies to Von Sternberg’s love affair with the erotically predatory paintings of Klimt.” – Alexander Walker

In desperate need of money to pay for her husband’s medical treatment, a former nightclub entertainer, played by Marlene Dietrich, returns to the stage as the tough and titillating Blonde Venus, whose signature number involves her doing a striptease while wearing a full gorilla costume. This film was banned for decades after the Production Code was imposed in 1934.

Blonde Venus