Women & Cocaine Presents Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus 1932

By on March 13, 2019

The 3rd Edition of Women & Cocaine Presents shines its spotlight on Hollywood’s Queen of Cool, Marlene Dietrich.

The pioneer of androgyny, her bold, sexual tease behind the haute couture gender switching was designed to be both titilating and subversive. It has been said, that nothing is quite as exquisite as Dietrich in a suit. Her ageless charisma is often imitated but can never be duplicated.

She was a singer, dancer, actress, soldier, mother, bisexual style icon, a rule breaker and anti fascist.

A revolutionary who ate men for breakfast, and women for dessert. To be openly bisexual in Dietrich’s time took guts, which she had in abundance.

She embraced the sexual liberation enthusiastically and never abandoned it through her long life. And on this night we will embrace her, and watch as she sings dances and sizzles in this cult classic story of a woman who goes back to the cabaret lifestyle in order to support her sick husband’s hospital treatment.

Dietrich is Helen Faraday, a nightclub singer turned housewife, but when her husband gets sick and needs money for a life changing operation in Europe, she resumes her singing career to raise the cash. It is during this time she meets and becomes the mistress of a rich playboy (Cary Grant) who offers to pay the husbands hospital bills.

She undergoes a series of events that try to separate her from her husband and child and force her to make a choice between her lucrative singing career lifestyle, or her role as a wife and mother.

Women & Cocaine Presents is a new film night at the Cinema Museum to celebrate the Fierce and Liberated women of Pre code cinema. From the period of 1930 to 1934, before the introduction of censorship, women were depicted in roles with a frankness and sex-positivity that remains rare even today, and each month we celebrate and say thanks to a different actress from these times.

“My father warned me about men & booze, but he never mentioned a word about Women & Cocaine”
– Tallulah Bankhead

Women & Cocaine Presents Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus 1932 at The Cinema Museum on Tuesday 19th of March 2019.

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