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The Blue Angel

Der blaue Engel

Directed by Josef von Sternberg
Germany, 1930
Drama, Music
  • German
  • English


Professor Rath, the sexually-repressed instructor of a boys’ prep school, learns of the pupils’ infatuation with postcards depicting a nightclub songstress. Entering the shadowy Blue Angel nightclub to investigate the source of indecency, Rath is fatefully seduced by the smoldering Lola-Lola.

Our take

With their seven film partnership, Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich traced a path of lush, scandalous romantic fantasies, of which The Blue Angel was their first. A masterpiece of relationship masochism, The Last Laugh’s Emil Jannings wilts before Dietrich, in her career-making role.

The Blue Angel Directed by Josef von Sternberg
Jannings and Dietrich are a picture-perfect comedy team.
March 09, 2016
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As Dietrich’s breakthrough and a key transition into the next phase of von Sternberg’s career, it’s essential.
April 19, 2002
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The film echoes the cynicism and hopelessness of the times. As a result, the story is extremely caustic and unforgiving: the desperate voice of a country in turmoil.
January 01, 1998
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