The Blue Angel (Kino Restored Edition)

Released 1930


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The Blue Angel was the first large scale sound film made in Germany in 1930. It was directed by Josef Von Sternberg and made actress Marlene Dietrich famous world wide after its release. The film is based off of Henrich Mann's novel Professor Unrat. The film shows the transformation of Immanuel Rath (played by Emil Jannings) from a well respected teacher at a college preparatory high school to a clown at a cabaret in Weimar Republic Germany. Rath reprimands his students for distributing photos of Lola Lola (Dietrich), a headliner at the local cabaret called The Blue Angel. Rath goes to the cabaret to try to catch the boys, but instead meets Lola and becomes consumed with desire for her. His obsession grows and Rath resigns from the school to pursue and marry Lola. They quickly go through his money and Rath is reduced to taking a job as a clown at the cabaret for money. He grows more and more insecure about his wife's 'profession' and goes mad when he sees her kissing the cabaret's strongman, Mazeppa. Rath attempts to strangle Lola but is beaten and locked into a straight jacket. Rath escapes and finds his way to his old classroom where he dies, humiliated and penniless, at the desk where he used to teach.moreless

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  • 90


    A standout picture.

  • 90

    Washington Post Stephen Hunter

    The Blue Angel it's clear to Von Sternberg, and to us, that he's connected with some pure being of cinema, whose power to ignite an audience was unstoppable. She became a great star.

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Lumbers a little on its way to a preordained conclusion, but is intriguing for its glimpses of backstage life in shabby German postwar vaudeville, and for Dietrich's performance, w...

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