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The Blue Angel(Der blaue Engel)

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Germany · 1930
Rated PG-13 · 1h 48m
Director Josef von Sternberg
Starring Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron, Rosa Valetti
Genre Drama, Music

After professor Immanuel Rath catches his students looking at racy photos of cabaret performer Lola Lola, he decides to go see her perform for himself. At The Blue Angel, Rath becomes immediately taken with her and dedicates his life to pursuing a relationship. However, dating an enticing cabaret performer proves more difficult than he thought.

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New Times (L.A.) by Andy Klein

This film made Dietrich a star, and it's easy to see why: Slightly more voluptuous than in her later films, Dietrich is the embodiment of the pleasures of the flesh.


New York Daily News by Jack Mathews

This is melodrama with broad theatrical flourishes, but Dietrich's sensuality is still a natural wonder, and with a new print, the Film Forum run offers a rare opportunity to see it big-screen-size.


Chicago Sun-Times by 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, which seems to float above the action as if she's stepping fastidiously across gutters.


Washington Post by 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.

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