Blonde Venus (1932)
there are a ton of good actors, early in their careers- cary grant, herbert marshall, etc.. very fucking cool to see them all in a good film..
oh wow, here we get an inside look at the dirty pre-harvey world of seedy hollywood skeeviness:
agent: “get up and walk around a bit”
(he takes a long thirsty look at her ass and them thighs in that coat)
agent: “let’s see what you got”
Marlene Dietrich: “what i’ve got?”
agent: “let’s see your legs”
(she shows her legs)
Marlene Dietrich: “is that enough?”
agent: “for the time being..”
Marlene Dietrich not giving a fuck:
Rita La Roy: “my name’s ‘Taxi Belle Hooper'”
Marlene Dietrich: “do you charge for the first mile?”
holy shit- that is fucking cold-blooded!
what’s interesting about the show where dietrich emerges from the gorilla suit, is that it’s an entertaining show.. if someone put that show on live today, people would be interested in watching it.. except for the abhorrently racist background dancers..
wow, listen to the incredible screenwiriting here, and you really need to see how cary grant delivered them, masterful:
Marlene Dietrich: “what do u expect for all this?”
cary grant: “nothing.. i like you, that’s all.. and i think you’ve got a swell kid.. and i’m trying to help you both out of a tight spot.. there’s no use trying to fool myself, or you helen.. i’m crazy about you.. and i want u to like me too if u can”
Marlene Dietrich: “you’re making it difficult for me not to”
more exceptional screenwriting.. it’s easy to see how this has achieved cult status, despite it’s 1932 release date- it’s aged decently well.. here we see that Marlene Dietrich has mastered the art of “Power Talk” and plausible deniability:
cary grant: “anything the matter?”
Marlene Dietrich: “he’s coming back”
cary grant: “when?”
Marlene Dietrich: “in about a month”
cary grant: “completely cured?”
Marlene Dietrich: “yes, he’s swell now”
cary grant: “what are u gonna do?”
Marlene Dietrich: “go back to him”
cary grant: “do u want to?”
Marlene Dietrich: “he’s my husband”
cary grant: i see, u wanna tell him about me?
Marlene Dietrich: “no”
cary grant: “do u still love him?”
Marlene Dietrich: “he needs me”
cary grant: “so do i, helen”
Marlene Dietrich: “not the way he does.. you’re strong nick, he’s not”
this is extraordinarily well-written.. this exchange would still work today:
cary grant: “can’t stay in the same city without seeing you”
Marlene Dietrich: “how long will you be gone?”
cary grant: “oh i dunno, a year, a couple years– til i forget you”
Marlene Dietrich: “i wish i was someone else, then i could stay here with you forever”
finally, here we have a legit 8/10, and from fucking 1932 no less.. this is the highest rating i’ve given a film in weeks.. i was beginning to think it wasn’t possible to get an 8/10 from this time period outside of hitchcock or howard hawks or someone of that level..
is herbert marshall really that stupid, even in 1932, to expect that this mom would just hand her kid over to him? lol..
wow, very nice long take by director Josef von Sternberg when Marlene Dietrich gives the old lady the money..
i give it 8/10 for the great writing, slick acting (marlene dietrich and young cary grant in particular), and Josef von Sternberg’s directing..
Gary Cooper: “anyone who has faith in me is a sucker”
funny scene where the colonel forgets what he just said- people today definitely still do this..
this is another one that is quite good- not as good as “Blonde Venus (1932)”, but good as hell for 1930.. here again, we see Josef von Sternberg taking top shelf american actors (Gary Cooper/Herbert Marshall/Cary Grant) and giving them a thoughtful, well-written screenplay, and elite direction..
this is the kind of film that’s just not made anymore- who is making a story like “Morocco (1930)” today?
The Blue Angel (1930)
lol @ the professor trying to teach these germans to say “the” instead of “ze”
lol @ the porn of this time- playing cards where the skirt was made out of real material (much like baseball cards with a piece of the jersey on the card).. so this idiot blows on the “skirt” and it lifts up slightly to reveal her upper thighs– and that was as good as it got back then.. if u had one of these dirty cards, u were golden.. dudes were stroking strictly from memory, like savages..
with all these cheeky shots of skirts/lingerie/corsets riding up too high, the way it’s shot suggests that showing thigh that high up was very naughty in 1930.. whereas today, you’re a few keystrokes away from pictures of girls spreading their pussy open like this is a pap smear..
lol that their version of hazing involved pinning him down and smacking his ass repeatedly.. that shit would hurt after a while LOL