The Blue Angel (1930)

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An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer.




  • Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings in The Blue Angel (1930)
  • Emil Jannings in The Blue Angel (1930)
  • Emil Jannings in The Blue Angel (1930)
  • Wilhelm Diegelmann and Emil Jannings in The Blue Angel (1930)
  • Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings in The Blue Angel (1930)
  • Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel (1930)

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Cast & Crew

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Josef von Sternberg


Heinrich Mann (novel), Carl Zuckmayer, Karl Vollmöller, Robert Liebmann, Carl Winston (english dialogue)

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18 August 2003 | rube2424
| One of the Truly Great Films!

THE BLUE ANGEL is one of the great films of all time, simply because

everything works.

Marlene Dietrich is amazing, probably never as good again, as her Lola

is the quintessential woman mixed with Circe, Delilah and all things

different and apart. As she leads men to their doom she sings honestly

that she "just can't help it," yet men follow her willingly. Emil

Jannings as Professor Rath gives what, in my estimation, is the greatest

performance by an actor on film, first as a martinet, then a man finding

first love, then a devoted married man, then a cuckold, a clown and,

finally a broken, destroyed man. (The moment where he wakes in Lola's

bed and finds delight in Lola's doll is one of the great miniatures in

any film.) To see Kurt Gerron's powerful, nuanced performance as the

leader of the rag tag cabaret troop is heartbreaking when you know that

the perished ina gas chamber only a few years later.) Director Josef Von

Sternberg leads the proceedings through staid classrooms, down twisting

expressionist streets, to the tawdry inside of "The Blue Angel", and

finally, through the labyrinth of Rath's life leading inexorably to his

downfall. Symbolism, from a dead canary to the noose like collars

clowns wear, abound. And oh the songs by Freidrich Hollander! (Kander

and Ebb must have watched this film many times before writing CABARET as

so many parts of that production...including the gift of a

pineapple..are seen here.)

I have seen this film again and again and every time it is fresh as it

was the first time, and, I would suppose, as it was in 1929. What a

great, great film!!!

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Release Date:

5 December 1930


German, English, French

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Berlin, Germany

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