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Blonde Venus (1932) & The Love Parade (1930)

December 19, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 10:20 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Archive Treasures: 50th Anniversary Celebration.”

Blonde Venus (1932)
Directed by Josef von Sternberg

Marlene Dietrich portrays a former cabaret singer, forced to return to work to support her husband’s desperately needed medical treatments. Famed as the “Blonde Venus” of nightclub life (and not incidentally, photographed to shimmering perfection in astounding performances), she nonetheless becomes the mistress of a wealthy man, all for the sake of the husband who comes to despise her, forcing her to decide where she really belongs.

Production: Paramount Publix Corp. Distribution: Paramount Publix Corp. Producer: Josef von Sternberg. Director: Josef von Sternberg. Screenwriter: S. K. Lauren. Cinematographer: Bert Glennon. With: Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall, Cary Grant, Dickie Moore, Gene Morgan.

35mm, b/w, 93 min.

Followed by:
The Love Parade (1930)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Director Ernst Lubitsch believed music was the basis for all the arts, so naturally his first talkie was a musical. This whimsical love story between a queen and her consort became a significant cinematic milestone, as Lubitsch crossed the European operetta and the American revue, combining satirical lyrics with flowing melodies. The film was Maurice Chevalier’s first American success in America, and Jeannette MacDonald’s film debut.

Production: Paramount Famous Lasky Corp. Distribution: Paramount Famous Lasky Corp. Director: Ernst Lubitsch. Based on the novel Le prince consort by Leon Xanrof, Jules Chancel. Screenwriter: Ernest Vajda. Cinematographer: Victor Milner. Production Design: Hans Dreier. Editor: Merrill White. Composer: Victor Schertzinger. With: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Lupino Lane, Lillian Roth, Edgar Norton.

35mm, b/w, 107 min.

IN PERSON: Janet Bergstrom, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.


More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


December 19, 2015
7:30 PM - 10:20 PM


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
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