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Blue Angel / Der Blaue Engel

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  Blue Angel / Der Blaue Engel Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
8.67 /10
Emil Jannings , Marlene Dietrich , Kurt Gerron
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Directed by: Josef Von Sternberg
Written by: Robert Liebmann, Karl Zuckmayer, Karl Vollmoeller from Heinrich Mann's novel Professor Unrath

Released: 1930
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: Germany
Colour: BW
Length: 95

An ageing schoolteacher (Emil Jannings) is enslaved by a cabaret singer (Marlene Dietrich, pictured).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Classic study of a decent man led to his doom by a femme fatale. Dietrich is at her sexiest, with just the right overtone of sadism: it isn't hard to see why the role made her an international star. Jannings's acting is a little exaggerated - he was, after all, from the silent era - but still touching. It was made, and remains available, in both German and English versions. It was remade - badly - in 1959.

"At the time I thought the film was awful and vulgar and I was shocked by the whole thing. Remember, I was a well brought up German girl."

(Marlene Dietrich)

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