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The Blue Angel (1930)

Cast: Emil Jannings, Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, more...
Director: Josef Von Sternberg, Josef Von Sternberg
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Studio: Kino
Genre: Classics, Drama, Foreign, Germany, Classic Drama, Classic Drama, Erotica
Languages: English, German
Subtitles: English
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Marlene Dietrich became an immediate international star on the strength of her performance as the temptress Lola Frohlich in Josef von Sternberg's classic tale of love and obsession. Professor Immanuel Rath (Emil Jannings) is a strict and humorless schoolmaster who is shocked when he discovers the boys in his class have been spending their time at a sleazy cabaret called The Blue Angel, where an entertainer named Lola (Dietrich) keeps the men in thrall and sells suggestive postcards of herself. Rath goes to the club in hopes of catching his students and giving them a severe dressing-down, but he instead finds himself entranced by the carefree atmosphere of the club, and is struck by Lola's earthy, sensual beauty. Rath finds himself strongly attracted to Lola, and she later entertains him in her dressing room. When word of Rath's infatuation with Lola spreads to his students, he is taunted mercilessly, and eventually Rath is dismissed from the school. While Lola agrees to marry Rath, she shows little affection for him and delights in humiliating him, making him her servant and forcing him to play a clown in her stage show. The Blue Angel was shot in both German and English language versions; the German is preferable, as most of the cast were obviously more expert in that tongue. Dietrich introduced her theme song, "Falling In Love Again", in this picture. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

PLEASE NOTE: The English version of this film does not contain any Special Features material. To see the Special Features, please rent The Blue Angel (German Version).

GreenCine Member Ratings

The Blue Angel (English Version) (1930)
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6.70 (50 votes)
The Blue Angel (German Version) (1930)
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7.57 (120 votes)

GreenCine Member Reviews

Watch The German Version by carolynsearches October 11, 2004 - 6:40 PM PDT
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
They filmed the English version simultaneously while producing the German version -- the English is the original actors. HOWEVER, I watched both versions in the same evening. The German version has much more depth in plot (a lot of dialogue is glossed over in the English version). An AMAZING film on the archetype of woman as corrupting man. Rent a cartoon or comedy to cheer yourself afterwards. (9 is for German version, 6 for English)

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