Hot Mama

I decided I needed another project, so over at The Chiseler, in no particular order, I’m going to review Josef Von Sternberg’ six films with Marlene Dietrich. One a month, starting now with BLONDE VENUS, the duo’s off-kilter ode to motherhood, because you have to start somewhere.

A sentence I forgot to include: Sternberg not only dressed his diva in a gorilla suit, he made sure it was a gorilla suit with a runny nose.

I quite like this contemporaneous cover version of the film’s best song, especially the incompetent oboe solo two minutes in. Jazz: delicious hot, disgusting cold.

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