I wrote a short piece about Josef von Sternberg's great 1932 Blonde Venus at The MUBI Notebook here. It's part of a slate of capsules about the films projecting during Week 3 of Film Forum's excellent Essential Pre-Code series. (Details and full schedule here.) Blonde Venus plays on Sunday July 31st and Monday August 1st as part of a double-bill with John Francis Dillon's 1932 Call Her Savage.
The MUBI Notebook entry also includes pieces by Gina Telaroli, David Cairns, Ben Sachs, Zach Campbell, Glenn Kenny, and Jaime Christley.