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Release Date:
3 January 1931 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
One of the Truly Great Films! See more (78 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Emil Jannings ... Prof. Immanuel Rath

Marlene Dietrich ... Lola Lola
Kurt Gerron ... Zauberkünstler Kiepert / The Magician

Rosa Valetti ... Guste Kiepert / The Magician's Wife
Hans Albers ... Mazeppa / The Strongman
Reinhold Bernt ... Der Clown / The Clown
Eduard von Winterstein ... Schuldirektor / The Director of School (as Eduard V. Winterstein)
Hans Roth ... Hausmeister / The Caretaker of the Secondary School
Rolf Müller ... Gymnasiast Angst / Pupil

Roland Varno ... Gymnasiast Lohmann / Pupil (as Rolant Varno)
Carl Balhaus ... Gymnasiast Ertzum / Pupil (as Karl Balhaus)
Robert Klein-Lörk ... Gymnasiast Goldstaub / Pupil
Charles Puffy ... Wirt / Innkeeper (as Karl Huszar-Puffy)

Wilhelm Diegelmann ... Kapitän / Captain
Gerhard Bienert ... Polizist / Policeman
Ilse Fürstenberg ... Raths Wirtschafterin / Maid
Die Weintraub Syncopators ... Orchester / Orchestra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Friedrich Hollaender ... Pianist (uncredited)
Wolfgang Staudte ... Gymnasiast / Pupil (uncredited)

Directed by
Josef von Sternberg 
 
Writing credits
Heinrich Mann (novel "Professor Unrat")

Carl Zuckmayer  &
Karl Vollmöller  and
Robert Liebmann 

Josef von Sternberg  uncredited

Produced by
Erich Pommer .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Günther Rittau 
 
Film Editing by
Walter Klee (English version)
Sam Winston  (as S.K. Winston)
 
Art Direction by
Otto Hunte 
 
Costume Design by
Tihamer Varady 
 
Makeup Department
Waldemar Jabs .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Oscar Schmidt .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Viktor Eisenbach .... unit manager
 
Art Department
Emil Hasler .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
Fritz Thiery .... sound
 
Stunts
Harry Froboess .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hans Schneeberger .... assistant camera
 
Music Department
Franz Waxman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tassilo Schneider .... english subtitler: German version
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Der blaue Engel" - Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
124 min | USA:107 min (TCM print) | UK:106 min | 108 min (cut) | USA:94 min (English version)
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1.20 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-8 (1993) | Finland:K-16 (1952) | Finland:(Banned) (1930) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) (re-rating) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16 (f)
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Trivia:
Marlene Dietrich's screen test for this film survives. In it, she pretends to upbraid her pianist, played by 'Friedrich Hollander', the film's composer. She then sings the chorus of "You're the Cream In My Coffee" a number of times, in English, after which she climbs on the piano, hitches up her skirt (to show her legs) and sings, in German, a torch song called "Why Cry" by Peter Kreuder, a well-known song-writer who became the film's orchestrator.See more »
Quotes:
Kiepert:You must drink. I'm not paying for your art.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestelltSee more »

FAQ

Is 'The Blue Angel' based on a book?
Who is 'the blue angel'?
Does Professor Rath die at his desk?
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32 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
One of the Truly Great Films!, 18 August 2003
Author: rube2424 from New York, USA

Like THE GODFATHER, CITIZEN KANE, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER and a few others,

THE BLUE ANGEL is one of the great films of all time, simply because

everything works.

Marlene Dietrich is amazing, probably never as good again, as her Lola

is the quintessential woman mixed with Circe, Delilah and all things

different and apart. As she leads men to their doom she sings honestly

that she "just can't help it," yet men follow her willingly. Emil

Jannings as Professor Rath gives what, in my estimation, is the greatest

performance by an actor on film, first as a martinet, then a man finding

first love, then a devoted married man, then a cuckold, a clown and,

finally a broken, destroyed man. (The moment where he wakes in Lola's

bed and finds delight in Lola's doll is one of the great miniatures in

any film.) To see Kurt Gerron's powerful, nuanced performance as the

leader of the rag tag cabaret troop is heartbreaking when you know that

the perished ina gas chamber only a few years later.) Director Josef Von

Sternberg leads the proceedings through staid classrooms, down twisting

expressionist streets, to the tawdry inside of "The Blue Angel", and

finally, through the labyrinth of Rath's life leading inexorably to his

downfall. Symbolism, from a dead canary to the noose like collars

clowns wear, abound. And oh the songs by Freidrich Hollander! (Kander

and Ebb must have watched this film many times before writing CABARET as

so many parts of that production...including the gift of a

pineapple..are seen here.)

I have seen this film again and again and every time it is fresh as it

was the first time, and, I would suppose, as it was in 1929. What a

great, great film!!!

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