Josef von Sternberg

Blonde Venus

Blonde Venus

Josef von Sternberg returned Marlene Dietrich to the stage in Blonde Venus, both a glittering spectacle and a sweeping melodrama about motherly devotion. Unfolding episodically, the film tells the story of Helen (Dietrich), once a German chanteuse, now an American housewife, who resurrects her stage career after her husband (Herbert Marshall) falls ill; she then becomes the mistress of a millionaire (Cary Grant), in a slide from loving martyr to dishonored woman. Despite production difficulties courtesy of the Hays Office, the director’s baroque visual style shines, as do one of the most memorable musical numbers in all of cinema and a parade of visionary costumes by von Sternberg and Dietrich’s longtime collaborator Travis Banton.

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Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood

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Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood

Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood

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Blonde Venus
Cast
Marlene Dietrich
Helen Faraday, a.k.a. Helen Jones
Herbert Marshall
Edward Faraday
Cary Grant
Nick Townsend
Dickie Moore
Johnny Faraday
Gene Morgan
Ben Smith
Rita La Roy
“Taxi” Belle Hooper
Robert Emmett O’Connor
O’Connor
Sidney Toler
Detective Wilson
Morgan Wallace
Dr. Pierce
Credits
Director
Josef von Sternberg
Written by
Jules Furthman
Written by
S. K. Lauren
Music by
W. Franke Harling
Music by
John Leipold
Music by
Paul Marquardt
Music by
Oscar Potoker
Photographed by
Bert Glennon
Edited by
Josef von Sternberg
Art direction by
Wiard Ihnen
Costume design by
Travis Banton

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