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Film study #1 Writing Journal #1 
24th-Feb-2010 02:04 pm
Blonde venus 1932 helen

This would fall under the observations on society and thoughts on a movie part of my journal tasks.
So far...in my film studies classes (I'm in 3) I have watched the following movies:

Blonde Venus
His Girl Friday
and Sunset Boulevard

All shot  within the 1930s and 40s.
The first film I'd like to discuss was Blonde venus.



The story was about basically...women having to choose. Career vs. family.
The main character, Helen Farady or AKA Helen Jones, played by Marlene Dietrich has to return to the stage after her husband become ill. He has to go through expensive treatment over in Germany. So she has to come up with the money as soon as possible.

How does Mrs. Farady get the money to send her husband all the way to Germany after returning to the stage of one night? WELL...she has to obey the requests of Mr. Oh so sophisticated and political bigwig Nick Townsend. Played by Cary Grant.
Helen's husband is opposed to the idea of her leaving the house and helping. But there isn't much of a choice...after her husband is gone the real trouble begins. She undergoes a chain of events that separate her from her husband and force her to make a choice between her lucrative singing career, and her role as a wife and mother.

I'm not going to give the movie away too much. But throughout the entire thing Helen had remained a very strong leading role. Standing up to her husband and escaping with her child. She remained on the run and out fooled the police many times.
It was when she decided she was no good...when her role started to change. She became belittled to both Cary Gran'ts character...following him around like a lost puppy...and then in the end her husband.
I wasn't a fan of the ending at all...and in fact it almost came across as brainwashing...

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