Blonde Venus/Shanghai Express*

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Blonde Venus/Shanghai Express*

  • 1932 ----- b & w ----- 97 min ----- laserdisc
  • (Directed by Josef von Sternberg, screenplay by Jules Furthman, S. K. Lauren based on a story by Joseph von Sternberg; with Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall, Cary Grant, Dickie Moore) Certainly a triumph of style over substance, Dietrich as a woman who "sacrifices" her body for the noblest of reasons (sick husband, child). Of course she sells herself to Cary Grant and down she sinks. Only to rise to stardom as the toast of the nightclub world as evidenced by her big musical number, "Hot Voodoo," sung while wearing a gorilla suit!
  • 1932 ----- b & w ----- 80 min ----- laserdisc
  • (Directed by Josef von Sternberg, screenplay by Jules Furthman based on a story by Harry Hervey; with Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, Warner Oland) In a glossy mixture of sex and intrigue, Shanghai Lily (Dietrich) and her old flame (Brook) fall into the hands of a cruel war lord (Oland) and his gang while on a train ride through China during civil warfare, with Ms. Wong as a spunky partisan. Again a triumph of style--a fusion of sin, glamour, shamelessness, art, and, even perhaps, a sense of humor. (Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Motion Pictures: Features, Women Studies)