MARLENE DIETRICH | BLONDE VENUS (1932) Dietrich as prostitute


[Los Angeles: Paramount, 1932]. Vintage original 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white glossy silver gelatin photo. There are creases at the top right and bottom right corners, near fine.

Marlene Dietrich performed in a spectacular opus of character progression, going from wealthy socialite to cabaret performer to prostitute to world renowned entertainer while maintaining her role as a mother throughout. It was a true vehicle, her expression barely changing throughout. Surely a study in subtle character development.

She looked stunning throughout, even when playing the destitute prostitute with her slightly weathered feathers. Director Josef von Sternberg made sure she was the star at every turn. Ink stamp of Mar 1933 on verso. Coded 892/81. 

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