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The Blue Angel (1930)

Der blaue Engel (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Music | 5 December 1930 (USA)
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An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer.

Writers:

Heinrich Mann (novel), Carl Zuckmayer | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emil Jannings ... Professor Immanuel Rath
Marlene Dietrich ... Lola Lola
Kurt Gerron ... Kiepert, the Magician
Rosa Valetti ... Guste, His Wife
Hans Albers ... Mazeppa, the Strong Man
Reinhold Bernt Reinhold Bernt ... Der Clown / The Clown
Károly Huszár ... Proprietor of The Blue Angel (as Karl Huszar-Puffy)
Die Weintraub Syncopators Die Weintraub Syncopators ... Group Cast Performers (as The Weintraub Syncopators)
Eduard von Winterstein Eduard von Winterstein ... Schuldirektor / The Director of School (as Eduard V. Winterstein)
Hans Roth Hans Roth ... Hausmeister / The Caretaker of the Secondary School
Rolf Müller Rolf Müller ... Gymnasiast Angst / Pupil
Roland Varno ... Gymnasiast Lohmann / Pupil (as Rolant Varno)
Carl Balhaus Carl Balhaus ... Gymnasiast Ertzum / Pupil (as Karl Balhaus)
Robert Klein-Lörk Robert Klein-Lörk ... Gymnasiast Goldstaub / Pupil
Wilhelm Diegelmann ... Kapitän / Captain
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Storyline

Germany 1924. Middle aged Dr. Immanuel Rath is a literature professor at a boys college. Most of his students don't much like him, often calling him "unrath" - German for garbage. Dr. Rath learns that many of his boys often frequent a cabaret called Der blaue Engel - the Blue Angel - which he believes is corrupting their impressionable young minds. He heads to the Blue Angel himself to catch the boys in the act and shame them into not going again. Over several visits, Rath is able to catch the boys, but in the process he also understands what attracts the boys, namely the headlining performer Lola Lola. Rath falls under Lola's spell, he who falls in love with her - and she seemingly with him - so much so that he wants to marry her and give up his teaching career to be with her on her travels from cabaret to cabaret. Their relationship ends up not being what either envisioned, the question being how they will both deal with their disintegrating relationship and the reasons behind that ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Täglich nur noch bis Donnerstag auf tausendfachen Wunsch! Zum letzten Male! (Feiburger Zeitung, ((Freiburg, Baden-Wûrttemburg)) 11 Februar 1931) See more »

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Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The March-April issue of "Film Comment" features the Peter Hogue article "True Blue," which analyzes differences between the English and German language versions of the von Sternberg films. See more »

Goofs

When the professor returns to his class and the boys burst out in uproar, the drawing on the blackboard shows three lines with Lola's name. The director, drawn by the noise, enters the class and now there are only two lines. After the class is dismissed, the third line has returned. See more »

Quotes

[singing]
Lola Lola: Falling in love again, never wanted to. What's a girl to do? I can't help it. What choice do I have? That's the way I'm made. Love is all I know, I can't help it. Men swarm around me like moths 'round a flame. And if their wings are singed, surely I can't be blamed.
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Alternate Versions

Simultaneously shot in two versions (English and German) with the same cast; the German (with English subtitles) version is more popular because of the heavy German accents of the cast in the English language version. English lyrics for the songs were written by Sam Lerner. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Le choc (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Nimm Dich in Acht vor blonden Frau'n
(uncredited)
Written by Friedrich Hollaender
Performed by Marlene Dietrich
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A classic of cinema
15 November 1999 | by radlovSee all my reviews

This movie should merit a place in the upper region of the 250 top movies, somewhere in the neighborhood of "Citizen Kane" and "Twelve Angry Men". Apparently it is not very well known in the USA.

In Germany and in countries where the German language is rather familiar, it is rightly considered as one of the classics of cinema.

Amazing, that Sternberg, only a couple of years after the invention of the "talky" could produce a masterpiece that has seldom been surpassed. It was this movie that launched the carreer of Marlene Dietrich, with her famous song "Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt".

I had seen the movie many years ago. When I saw it for the second time about a year ago, I realized that Emile Jennings acting, as the rather silly teacher at the local grammar school who sacrifies his career because of a cabaret girl, was not less impressive than that of Marlene Dietrich. A pity that I did never see another film with this great actor.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English | French

Release Date:

5 December 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,410
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print) | (German) | (English)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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