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Section: Apollo - Cinema Memories
Country: Germany 
Year: 1929/1930

 

 

Der blaue Engel (The Blue Angel)

Black and White/108 min

Director: Josef von Sternberg. Screenplay: Robert Liebmann, Karl Vollmoeller. Cinematographer: Günther Rittau. Editing: Sam Winston, Walter Klee. Music: Friedrich Hollaender. Cast: Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron, Rosa Valetti, Hans Albers, Reinhold Bernt, Eduard von Winterstein, Johannes Roth, Rolf Müller, Roland Varno.

In a small-town music hall, gorgeous Lola, who is forever "falling in love again", does a chansonette act every night. Amongst the admirers of her erotically-spiced delivery are several grammar-schoolboys. When strict Professor Rath finds out about his pupils′ dubious source of entertainment, he decides to pay a visit to the disreputable establishment himself. To his surprise, he finds Lola - despite her ambiguous act - to be a woman with a heart, and he helplessly falls in love with her. Their precipitate marriage makes the professor a social outcast and brings him ever further down the ladder of human degradation. His destruction is complete when the former scholar appears on stage as a clown at whom raw eggs are thrown. His life has lost all meaning, and, in desperation, he goes his somber way into hopelessness.

Production:
Universum-Film AG (UFA) (Berlin)

Josef von Sternberg

Josef von Sternberg was born in Vienna in 1894 and died in Hollywood in 1969. He studied Literature and earned a doctorate degree in Philosophy. His films include: "The Docks of New York" (1928), "Morroco" (1930), "Shanghai Express" (1932), "Macao" (1952), "Jet Pilot" (1953), "The Saga of Anatahan" (1957) and many more. "The Blue Angel" ("Der blaue Engel", 1930) was his only German film and was the breakthrough film for Marlene Dietrich in the USA.

 

 

 

 

 

Filmography:

1925 The Salvation Hunters
1926 A Woman of the Sea
1927 Underworld
1928 The Docks of New York
1928 The Dragnet
1928 The Last Command
1929 The Case of Lena Smith
1929 Thunderbolt
1930 Morocco
1930 The Blue Angel
1930 The Blue Angel
1931 An American Tragedy
1931 Dishonored
1932 Blonde Venus
1932 Shanghai Express
1934 The Scarlet Empress
1935 Crime and Punishment
1935 The Devil Is a Woman
1936 The King Steps Out
1939 Sergeant Madden
1941 The Shanghai Gesture
1952 Macao
1953 Ana-ta-han
1957 Jet Pilot