Blonde Venus
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Marlene Dietrich stars as Helen Faraday, a German cabaret singer in the States whose husband, Ned, falls ill and his only hope is to receive expensive medical treatment at a clinic in Europe. Struggling to afford his care and to support their son Johnny, she works at a nightclub and succumbs to the advances of wealthy playboy Nick, whose gifts assist in her husband's recovery. Soon Ned recovers and returns, but when he discovers that Helen has been unfaithful, he divorces her, threatening to take their son. After running with little Johnny, she ends up a prostitute in New Orleans, where… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A disappointer. Much of the blame is to be laid at director Josef von Sternberg's doorstep."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Even Josef von Sternberg had his off days."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Von Sternberg's paen to the pain of love in all its variations is so lovingly rendered that the shoestring story looks almost seamless."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Classic Hollywood and classic Sternberg at their most preposterously outageous -- and at their most glorious."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The film is certainly a mess at one level, with damaging fluctuations in tone and pace, and some ropey supporting performances, but it remains enough of a visual triumph to earn its place in the series of Dietrich movies."
‑ Tony Rayns, Time Out
"Atmospheric and visually stimulating but Josef von Sternberg's morality tale is a little thin."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Dreary Marlene Dietrich vehicle."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Unfocussed and unevenly paced, Dietrich keeps this together while much that surrounds her flails rather awkwardly."
‑ , Film4
"A muddled, unimaginative and generally hapless piece of work, relieved somewhat by the talent and charm of the German actress and Herbert Marshall's valiant work in a thankless rôle."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"You'll not see many films superior to this in their use of visual detail, tempo, humour and double-edged significance."
‑ David Oppedisano, Radio Times
"von Sternberg puts forth a typically probing analysis of gender and exploitation that's uncomfortably close to home."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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