Blonde Venus Presented By Ladies Of Burlesque

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The Royal Cinema - Toronto says
“Glamour is what I sell. It’s my stock in trades”
-Marlene Dietrich

If glamour was her stock in trade, then stock prices were soaring in 1932—the year Dietrich’s white-hot scorcher BLONDE VENUS was released. Arousing, sensational, and provocative, Marlene Dietrich is the definition of a screen legend. LADIES of BURLESQUE is proud to bring you one of her most iconic (and notorious) films, with a live Dietrich-inspired performance by Bianca Boom Boom!

In BLONDE VENUS Dietrich plays Helen Ferguson, a former German cabaret star and now wife and mother living abroad. When her scientist husband (Herbert Marshall) falls ill from radium poisoning, Helen must return to the stage to cover the mounting medical expenses. Realizing her pay is not enough to save him, she submits to the advances of the dashing and rich Nick Townsend, played by a newly-minted Cary Grant in the role that made him a star. With its sex, sin, and scandal—much of which taking place in a New Orleans bordello—BLONDE VENUS is the ultimate Pre-Code film!

Directed by the master himself (and Dietrich's Svengali) Josef von Sternberg, BLONDE VENUS is an integral part of Hollywood history. With her notorious rendition of "Hot Voodoo," in which she performs a scandalous musical number in an ape suit, Dietrich commits one of the greatest stripteases ever captured on film, and proves that she can make absolutely anything—simian-themed or otherwise—sexy.

With costumes by Travis Banton, make-up by Max Factor, and gold dust sprinkled in her wigs (allegedly),the actress never looked more enchanting. And as James Monaco claims, "No one ever looked lovelier after sinking to the gutter than Dietrich."
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By: The Royal Cinema - Toronto

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