Blonde Venus

Blonde Venus

Blonde Venus (1932)
— Josef Von Sternberg
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In this episode Reuben was recording in public so he does a very funny whisper for the beginning of the episode. Social embarrassment!

These early episodes are not available on Apple Podcasts anymore, so I’ve taken the liberty for anyone who wants to listen of making sure the archive.org links still work. You can listen right here on the website or download the MP3 below.

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Original Release Date: April 17th, 2014

Episode Timeline:

00:00-01:00 Reuben is quiet cause there's another guy in the room with him 
01:00-4:48 Ilya covers the whole plot (and his microphone sounds better!)
04:48-11:20 Liked It (Ilya, Reuben), Disliked It (Basil, Patrick)
1:20-12:20 Podcast Statistics!
12:20-13:40 Patrick liked the visuals
13:40-14:30 This movie has no middles
14:30-16:00 People keep telling Marlene Dietrich what to do 
16:00-18:00 What’s good for the kid could be bad for the parents
18:00-19:30 The Infamous HOT VOODOO!
19:30-20:24 Hot Voodoo – Ilya unscrews Robin Thicke
20:24-21:50 Hot Voodoo – “Savages,” "Angels" and Racialized Stereotypes
21:50-23:20 Hot Voodoo – Von Sternberg’s Foible for Exoticism
23:50-24:30 Hot Voodoo – Reuben would've cut you out
24:30-28:20 Outsider Alliances
28:20-31:30 Patrick feels the movie short-changes emotional connections
31:30-32:10 Hello, that flop house scene is so good!
32:00-34:20 Basil feels this movie’s a Broadway Revue of Marlene and not really progressive
34:20-36:00 We all agree this movie looks amazing
36:00-37:45 No never means no in Blonde Venus
37:45-41:30 Marlene figures out the system (men) and climbs the ladder (of men)
41:30-42:35 The Ending – The son’s just gonna be another man
42:35-44:30 Reuben compares the use of repetition here and in other movies
44:30-45:50 The Ending – That’s what you and your voice are good for, Marlene
45:50-47:20 White directors should help undo racism the other way
47:20-49:00 This might be a shitty movie that Marlene makes great
49:00-50:00 Ilya loves Marlene’s vacation stare
50:00-51:00 Patrick loves Marlene’s singing (and sings!)
51:00-51:50 This ended up being much more interesting than Basil was expecting
51:50-52:45 Nobody liked Olympus Has Fallen (except the first 5 minutes)
52:30-52:45 Thanks for listening, everybody!

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