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TURN-ONS AND TURN-OFFS IN CURRENT HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES : Excellent Good Fair Poor : VIDEOCASSETTES

March 10, 1987|MICHAEL WILMINGTON | Compiled by Terry Atkinson

"Blonde Venus." MCA. $29.95. In 1932, Marlene Dietrich was regarded as the movies' most sinful siren; perhaps "Blonde Venus" was meant to take the sting from her kiss. In it, she's a shabbily treated chanteuse who sacrifices herself for husband Herbert Marshall--he's maddened when he learns of her dalliance with brash gambler Cary Grant. The film's attack on moralism now seems a little moralistic: Couldn't she have stayed with Grant, rather than the pouting Marshall? Yet this movie gleams with everything in Josef von Sternberg's cinematic bag of tricks. There are sharp Jules Furthman lines and, as a piece de resistance, Dietrich's flabbergasting gorilla-suit "Hot Voodoo" number. Information: (818) 777-4315. 1/2

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