• The Blue Angel (1930)

The Blue Angel

Release Date: January 3rd, 1930

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary

Prim educator Immanuel Rath (Emil Jannings) finds some of his students ogling racy photos of cabaret performer Lola Lola (Marlene Dietrich) and visits a local club, The Blue Angel, in an attempt to catch them there. Seeing Lola perform, the teacher is driven mad with lust, eventually resigning his position at the school to marry his beloved. However, married life with a woman whose job is to make men desire her proves more difficult than Rath imagined.

Cast: Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Hans Albers, Kurt Gerron, Rosa Valetti, Eduard von Winterstein, Reinhold Bernt, Hans Roth

Director: Josef von Sternberg

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Universum Film A.G.

Distributors: Paramount Pictures, Image Entertainment Inc.

Keywords: Fall, 1930s, School, Melodramatic, Temptation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Jack MathewsNew York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 100
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    This great masterpiece of German film is evocative and inventive from its first shot to its last. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

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