Blonde Venus

  • Dir: Josef von Sternberg

  • USA, 1932, English, 94 min, DCP

  • Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, Herbert Marshall

Nymph-mother-starlet-whore-heroine, the rise and fall of Marlene Dietrich affirms a woman’s ability to transform herself in the face of oppressive forces – in her legendary metamorphosis from a chained gorilla into a glittering Aphrodite amongst the savages. In extremes of glamor and squalor, Sternberg remodels the morality tale of a devoted mother’s misadventures into a probing analysis of gender and exploitation, in a fascinating mixture of harsh realism and romantic passions. Dietrich’s mysterious nature of magnetism and her vulnerability to love is sympathetic – who can resist the charms of Cary Grant?

30/11 (SAT): Film talk with Fiona Law



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